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John Stevenson
08-26-2006, 04:28 PM
JCB car beats diesel speed record

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/5273540.stm

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Tests were conducted before temperatures hit their peak
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A car built by JCB has broken the diesel engine land speed record after reaching 328.767mph (529km/h). A JCB Dieselmax spokesman said the vehicle attained the average speed during two runs in Utah, USA.
Confirmation was given on Tuesday by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. An attempt to better the record will be made on Wednesday.
The Staffordshire-built vehicle was driven by Wing Cmdr Andy Green from RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire.
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The Dieselmax car is powered by two turbo-charged JCB engines built at the company's plant at Rocester.
The record-breaking attempts took place at Bonneville Salt Flats at daybreak, when conditions were most suitable.



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Fasttrack
08-26-2006, 05:41 PM
Cool! I've been wondering about how a diesel engine would work for high speed applications. I bet that would've been a neat project to work on. Thanks for sharing.

topct
08-26-2006, 05:58 PM
Audi has a very interesting diesel engine.

rsr911
08-26-2006, 07:14 PM
Audi has a very interesting diesel engine.


Yeah you ought to see those things beating up the entire field in the American Lemans Series, I know I was impressed. On a similar note diesels are doing well in drag racing, my brother sent me a video of a diesel F250 or F350 crew cab 4x4 running 12's or 13's in the 1/4 mile. While the time isn't all that impressive compared to drag cars you have to realize those things weigh at least 6000 lbs, probably more and have a huge frontal area. My how I wish Ford would put the Powerstroke into a HD Ranger chassis, I bet they'd sell like hotcakes, I know I'd trade in my '03 Level II Ranger on one. My brother is an engineer for Ford and has a supercharged V8 4x4 Ranger, he measured the new Powerstroke and thought it would fit with some frame modifications.

Guido
08-26-2006, 07:32 PM
First diesel powered racer: Cummins 6 banger, finished 13th in 1930 Indy 500, non-stop.
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wierdscience
08-26-2006, 09:18 PM
Yeah you ought to see those things beating up the entire field in the American Lemans Series, I know I was impressed. On a similar note diesels are doing well in drag racing, my brother sent me a video of a diesel F250 or F350 crew cab 4x4 running 12's or 13's in the 1/4 mile. While the time isn't all that impressive compared to drag cars you have to realize those things weigh at least 6000 lbs, probably more and have a huge frontal area. My how I wish Ford would put the Powerstroke into a HD Ranger chassis, I bet they'd sell like hotcakes, I know I'd trade in my '03 Level II Ranger on one. My brother is an engineer for Ford and has a supercharged V8 4x4 Ranger, he measured the new Powerstroke and thought it would fit with some frame modifications.

The sad fact is so far as a daily driver John can buy a Ranger with a small diesil in it,but you and I can't.Seems like they put in a 2.5l single rail diesil that gets somewhere in the range of 38-42mpg,but you can't buy it here.

Ford used to put a small Perkins in the Ranger back about 85 or 86',I saw two of them,I think they were too noisey inside though and never caught on here.

Peter S
08-26-2006, 09:34 PM
If you really want to see what a modern diesel is like, try testing a 3 litre BMW - absolutely stunning engine!
A guy I was working with bought a brand new 3-series coupe in 2005 powered by 300 hp turbo six diesel, six speed trans. This is a very fast car - from a standing start it revs out like a petrol engine (doesn't flatten out) but most impressive is the prodigious amounts of torque available when cruising along at highway speeds - never mind changing gear, it just pushes you back in your seat like a big V8.
Incredible engine (and car).

Wirecutter
08-27-2006, 12:51 PM
I had a hard time understanding the audio at times, and I would have loved to better hear what the speed run sounded like.

It was also interesting the note that they claim that the record run was done with about a gallon of regular pump diesel.

Very cool stuff.