The MTT Y2K Turbine Motorcycle, also known as the Y2K Turbine Superbike, is a motorcycle powered by a turboshaft engine, made by Marine Turbine Technologies since 2000. The bikes are not mass produced in continuous series; each unique bike is hand made to order after receiving the buyer’s specifications.Guinness World Records considers it a production motorcycle.
When MTT president Ted Mclntyre decided to add a motorcycle to his firm’s range, he appointed Christian Travert, a former bike racer and custom builder, to head the project.Early models were powered by a Rolls-Royce-Allison Model 250-C18 gas turbine producing a claimed 320 hp at 52,000 rpm.
Unlike some turbojet-powered motorcycles which relied on jet propulsion for thrust, the Y2K Superbike’s turboshaft engine drives the rear wheel via a two-speed gearbox and chain and sprocket. The motorcycles are produced on demand and made to order for buyers.
The turbines used in the motorcycles are second-hand, having reached the original manufacturer’s mandated running time limit, after which they must be rebuilt regardless of condition.
MTT refurbishes the engines and extends a long term warranty with the purchase of every bike.The MTT Turbine Superbike does not require jet fuel to operate. MTT has fuelled the Y2K with diesel, kerosene and Bio-Fuel.