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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 10:40 am

British earthmoving manufacturer JCB has somehow coaxed a diesel-fuelled power tube to 328 mph:

JCB Dieselmax today became the world’s fastest diesel-powered car, as Andy Green set a new FIA international record of 328.767 mph  on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and beat the existing record by almost 100 mph.The JCB team will make a further attempt to raise the record tomorrow.

Running at daybreak, when course conditions were at their most suitable, Green achieved 324.248 mph on his first run. Under FIA regulations he made his return 333.339 mph within one hour, to secure the new record, giving the average of 328.767 mph.

That’s 80 mph faster than achieved by a Honda F1 car at Bonneville last month. Are you going to stand for this, Caterpillar? Been a big year for oilers; in June, Audi’s 12-cylinder diesel torquemonster won the Le Mans 24 Hour race at its first attempt. Previous diesel racers—several ran at Indianapolis, in olden times—were unlucky and unsuccessful. But pretty!

UPDATE. I’ve no idea if any of the Wacky Racers employed compression ignition, but here’s a link anyway.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/23/2006 at 10:03 AM
    1. That’s a beautiful power plant! Doesn’t look like it’s got much trunk space, though, and I bet the cigarette lighter doesn’t work. On the other hand, I usually travel light and at 328 mph I could probably get to anywhere I wanted to go before having a nicotine fit. I’m sold; where can I get one?

      Posted by paco on 2006 08 23 at 10:22 AM • permalink


    1. I dunno, may be a short lived record. I’d take someone elses money and put it on this monster.

      Wonder what the compression ratio is?

      That open cockpit Honda, is a slick machine, too. Lemme’ guess

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 08 23 at 11:28 AM • permalink


    1. #2 Good lord, El Cid! Did that guy climb onto that thing or is it simply embedded?

      Posted by paco on 2006 08 23 at 12:16 PM • permalink


    1. AAh salt flats. Is there anything that can’t be accomplished on a compacted salt runway.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 08 23 at 12:31 PM • permalink


    1. It seems all the cool kids are using diesel these days.  I got a chance to see the Audi R10s in action at the American Le Mans Series race in Utah last month.  Probably the most impressive thing about the R10s is how quiet they are going down the track.  On one hand, you have a bunch of cars heading down the track with engines screaming loud enough to wake up the dead…. Then an R10 goes by, and you hear nothing but the turbo and wind under braking, and just a faint hint of engine noise under acceleration.  I’ve got a picture of one I took in the paddock as my desktop wallpaper right now.

      Posted by Vexorg on 2006 08 23 at 02:46 PM • permalink


    1. Ok, so it is fast and has a certain “look” to it, but how’s it handle in the turns?

      Anyone remember the Suzuki Samurai?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 08 23 at 03:45 PM • permalink


    1. Paco

      Good lord, El Cid! Did that guy climb onto that thing or is it simply embedded?

      Actually, I think he put wheels and handlebars on his hemorrhoids.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 08 23 at 05:21 PM • permalink


    1. The reason for the sudden jump in the record has to do with engine controllers. Until recently there wasn’t much way to get more power out of a diesel, but now they can match fuel delivery to turbo boost. There’s a new US magazine, Diesel Power, which addresses this, and there are a number of companies specializing in hot rod diesel parts. Best of all, you can now get a Jake Brake for your pickup.

      Posted by triticale on 2006 08 23 at 09:16 PM • permalink


    1. Paco, Im not too sure about the fuel load on board, you may just be getting to the next petrol station very very fast…

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 08 23 at 10:13 PM • permalink


    1. I hope the huge ‘B-double’ truckies of the Northern Territory don’t hear about this.  There’s no speed limit up there..

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 08 24 at 01:45 AM • permalink


    1. B dubs?  City Boy.  Try a road train.

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 08 24 at 03:56 PM • permalink


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