This vehicle was built in 1991-92 as a senior mechanical engineering design project while
Ken Hardman was completing his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara
University in California. Ken then built a turbo-charging system for a two-stroke engine
as his design project for his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of
The vehicle has been rebuilt and modified many times since it was originally built in 1992,
and has competed as both a Lakester and a Streamliner.
This vehicle has produced 17 records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and at El Mirage Dry
Lake. So far, only the Hardman Racing team has broken a team record.
2004 Vehicle Specifications
Engine: Highly modified 1040cc Yamaha FZR-series motorcycle engine with Hardman
Racing turbo-charging system featuring Mitsubishi turbocharger, tubular 4-into-1
stainless header, electronic fuel injection and ignition, cockpit adjustable boost control,
and closed-circuit water-to-air inter-cooling.
Drive-train: Integral 5-speed sequential motorcycle transmission chain-driven to rear axle
through an intermediate jack-shaft.
Chassis: Custom built tubular steel frame, fiberglass body and aluminum belly pan.
Vehicle dimensions: 19’ long, 29” high and 24” wide.
2005 Vehicle Specifications
The 2005 configuration of the vehicle will once again be highly altered from previous
entries. Watch the web site for further information on specifications and race results.
Owner / Driver / Crew
and numerous other technical supporters
- Owner: Hardman Racing
- Driver: Ken Hardman
- Location: Clarkston, Michigan (Detroit area)
- Crew: Crew Chief Tom Wierzchon, John Bucknell,
Jack Costella and Ken’s hugely supportive family
- Special Thanks: To the late and great Grandpa Ed, Jim Hamill,
These sponsors have made it all possible:
- Redline oil
- Kustom Haus
- JM Cylinder Heads
2-Way Record (mph)
Date Engine (cc) Class Aspiration Vehicle Type Location
2007 2000 G/BGL Blown Gas Lakester 248.309 Bonneville
2007 2000 G/BFL Blown Fuel Lakester 241.15 Bonneville
2006 2000 G/BFL Blown Fuel Lakester 235.304 Bonneville
2006 2000 G/BGL Blown Gas Lakester 212.765 Bonneville
2004 1000 I/BFL Blown Fuel Lakester 212.805 Bonneville
2004 1500 H/BGL Blown Gas Lakester 198.859 Bonneville
2003 750 J/BGS Blown Gas Streamliner 238.11 Bonneville
2003 750 J/BFS Blown Fuel Streamliner 234.324 Bonneville
2002 750 J/BFL Blown Fuel Lakester 211.888 Bonneville
2002 750 J/BGL Blown Gas Lakester 187.788 Bonneville
2001 1000 I/BGL Blown Gas Lakester 194.248 Bonneville
2000 1000 I/BGL Blown Gas Lakester 161.279 Bonneville
1997 500 K/FS Fuel Streamliner 178.895 Bonneville
1996 500 K/BFL Blown Fuel Lakester 115.961 Bonneville
1995 500 K/FL Fuel Lakester 157.37 Bonneville
1994 500 K/GL Gas Lakester 149.904 Bonneville
1993 500 K/FL Fuel Lakester 145.921 Bonneville
1993 500 K/FL Fuel Lakester 141.259 El Mirage
1992 500 K/GL Gas Lakester 134.742 Bonneville
1992 500 K/FL Fuel Lakester 132.934 Bonneville
1992 500 K/GL Gas Lakester 120.578 El Mirage