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, 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. The previous mark, set by Virgil W Snyder at Bonneville in the Thermo King Streamliner on 25 August 1973, was 235.756 mph.
Stepping from the car driver Andy Green said, "This is exactly what we came to do today -- this is British engineering at its absolute best. We now have the fastest diesel in the world.
"We have now set two records in only four runs which is a stunning engineering and team achievement.
"To have built the world's fastest diesel is a stunning achievement for the whole JCB Dieselmax team, and the car performed superbly," said a delighted Dr Tim Leverton, Project Director.
"Our goal was to set an official FIA record in excess of 300 mph, and we have achieved that, and more. The success is a tribute to everyone who has worked so tirelessly and with such passion to make JCB Dieselmax a world beater."
"This is a marvellous achievement for JCB and a wonderful tribute to British engineering. I am hugely proud of everyone in the JCB Dieselmax team who have designed and built the car in less than a year and made it record breaker at the first attempt," said Sir Anthony Bamford, JCB's Chairman, who witnessed the record run on the Salt Flats.
JCB Dieselmax was born from Sir Anthony's vision and desire to showcase the extreme performance of the JCB444 diesel engine which normally powers the company's backhoe loaders and Loadall telescopic handlers.
Will Mr Bamford please assist the Vulcan appeal. Please.
modernbeat24 Aug 2006
I was there.
I was out on the Salt Flats for the SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) Bonneville Speed Week and JCB were having a hard time. There wasn't any animosity caused by the Brittish vs US attitude that some have assumed. Most of the other competitors, even the grassroots teams, felt bad that the tremendous effort of the JCB team was failing to capture a record. They obviously had the hardware and knowledge to achive a top speed. On the last day of SpeedWeek the streamliner made a very good qualifiying run (over the existing record) in the morning and backed it up with a record run (second required run for the record) in the afternoon. The few teams left were very congratulatory.
JCB had rented out a hanger and a runway at the Wendover airport, an ex Air Force base just a few miles from the Salt Flats. Every night the team brought the car to the base to continue preparing it for a run at the record. We were having SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) races at the opposite end of the taxi way. Seeing the car just a few hangers from us every day was inspiring. Seeing the team tirelessly work on the car was even more inspiring. In addition, after the SCTA event was over, JCB arranged with the US Govt, the BLM (Bureau of Land Management - aka National Park Service)to stay on the Salt Flats and have the FIA time them for an official World Record. The results are history.
If you ever get the chance to come to Speed Week I highly recommend it. While something this big doesn't happen every year, there were almost 500 teams vying for records this year. The creativity in Land Speed Racing is very intertaining and if you ever see it live, you'll catch "Salt Fever" and succumb to the thoughts that YOU could field a land speed car.