MTT Readies the Next Generation Y2K Turbine Bike

01/29/2013 @ 11:21 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS


The name Marine Turbine Technologies (MTT) may not immediately strike recognition, though we are pretty sure that if we said the company was repsonsible for the turbine-powered Y2K hyperbike, you would know what we mean. Built in time for the turn of the millennia, the Y2K features a Rolls-Royce-Allison Model 250 turbine motor that makes 320 hp at 52,000 rpm. Yes, that rpm figure is correct.

Unlike other turbine-driven road machines, which use the trust of the turbine jet engine for locomotion, MTT mated the helicopter turbine system to a two-speed gearbox, which in-turn drives a shaft to a final chain-drive system. Not exactly a huge success on the market, the MTT Y2K was still made famous by celebrity owner Jay Leno, who had a tendency to melt plastic car bumpers at stop lights.

Now reports say Marine Turbine Technologies is working on a new model of turbine-powered hyperbikes, awkwardly dubbed the 2013 MTT Y2K 420R.

Upgrading the drive package with a Rolls-Royce C-20B gas turbine engine that produces an apt 420hp. Other highlights include carbon fiber wheels and fairings, radial-mounted calipers on the front brakes with ABS, and a 240mm rear tire.

Street-legal in the US, with similar provisions being made in the EU, the 2013 MTT Y2K is currently undergoing wind-tunnel testing in the UK, and MTT hopes for a 260+ mph top speed figure. Expect to see the company’s latest creation later this year, with what we imagine will be a price in the six-figures.

Source: Autocar & Bikes in the Fast Lane

  • Andrew Macpherson

    Since the average turbine helicopter consumes 25 gallons an hour I assume this thing isn’t being built with touring in mind.

  • Chasdev

    How many seconds can the rider can apply 420HP?
    Real world use should reveal better mileage.

  • JoeD

    A smaller turbine may help in the wheelbase department and still provide adequate power. As is, cornering prowess may be lacking.

  • Prasenjit Kumar Debroy

    Mind boggling Specs.
    But, too much to be of much Road usage.

  • AK

    Why does front half look like Ducati??

  • Matt

    Who was this bike designed for? Stretch Armstrong?

  • paulus – Thailand

    it’s an interesting engineering project.

  • Rocket Punch

    One simply need to look at the rider triangle to see that this is impossible ride except for may be in a straight line; Which is the only way the bike will work since if you try to steer the thing you will see that the brake/clutch lever will collide with the fairing.

  • David

    I think it’s cool. Especially now that is has decent power. 420hp verses the weak 320hp.

    AND, I can power it with the cheap perfume and wine that I buy in 55 gallon drums.


  • L2C

    The word disgusting comes to mind.

  • Damo

    A neat little engineering exercise I supposed, but completely useless other than spreadsheet bragging and straight line interstate runs.

  • http://asphaltandrubber ProudAmerican

    Interesting piece of exotica, but totally impractical. Our helicopters use the same engine. Although the engine is rated at 420 SHP, in our MD500E’s, the maximum continuous horsepower is 350, with 375 maximum available (5 minute limit) during take off’s and landings. It burns an average of 28 gallons/hour. The same engine runs more efficiently in our Bell OH-58’s, with a higher max continuous rating, and average burn of 22 g/hr.

    The engine has to be de-rated to different helicopter models due to weaknesses of various components in the driveline, and also to give a higher performance threshold at altitude.

    I don’t know if one of those bikes would even fit on a dyno, so maybe the manufacturer doesn’t need to worry about someone checking their power claims. But, I’d sure like to see how much power is actually being transmitted to