Vehicle breaks diesel land speed record.


Blackleaf
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British Team Vehicle Breaks Diesel Land Speed Record


Birmingham Post



A British diesel-powered vehicle, the JCB Dieselmax, has broken the land speed record for these types of cars after making two runs in Utah on Tuesday. The first run was made at an average speed of 324.248 mph with the return run averaging 333.339 mph, beating the previous record of 235 mph.

The British JCB Dieselmax team has broken the land speed record for diesel powered vehicles, averaging a speed of 328.767 miles per hour.

The car, driven by Wing Commander Andy Green, broke the record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah after making two runs Tuesday.

The first run was made at an average speed of 324.248 mph with the return run averaging 333.339 mph, beating the previous record of 235 mph which has stood for more than 30 years. In 1997, Green became the fastest man in the world when he drove ThrustSSC through the sound barrier to a speed of 763.035 mph.

The JCB Dieselmax he drove was designed by a British team, powered by a version of the same engine that is used in ordinary JCB vehicles and was built in Staffordshire, England.

"To have built the world's fastest diesel is a stunning achievement for the JCB Dieselmax team and the car performed superbly," said Tim Leverton, project director.

Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB, said, "This is a marvelous achievement for JCB, and a wonderful tribute to British engineering."

Wing Commander Green said, "It's a fantastic day for British engineering and for JCB, who have shown a lot of courage with this project."






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fuzzylogix
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Like all bananas, one day that record will be squashed.
 

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