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Diesel Land Speed Record: 171 MPH In A Ford F-250 Pickup!

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2011 Ford F-250 SuperDuty pickup truck Land Speed Record contender, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

2011 Ford F-250 SuperDuty pickup truck Land Speed Record contender, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

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There are lots of different Land Speed Record categories, and each year one or two of them fall to new challengers.

So it's not surprising that new records for production diesel and biodiesel trucks were set this weekend at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

What is surprising is the vehicle that was used: a relatively stock 2011 Ford F-250 SuperDuty pickup truck, and the speeds it reached: 171 mph on standard diesel fuel, and 182 mph on soy-based B20 biodiesel.

Frankly, the very idea of traveling 180 mph in any more-or-less stock pickup truck--especially one as large as an F-250 SuperDuty, which has the aerodynamics of a small community hospital--fills us with awe.

2011 Ford F-250 SuperDuty pickup truck Land Speed Record contender, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

2011 Ford F-250 SuperDuty pickup truck Land Speed Record contender, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

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The truck was mostly stock, with a modified fuel pump to increase the fuel flow, and changes to the 6.7-liter PowerStroke V-8 diesel engine's compression ratio, fuel injectors, and turbochargers.

A full roll cage and five-point safety harness were also fitted, and we'd guess that the truck was also lowered. An air deflector can be seen below the bumper in the photos.

The records were broken by the Hajek Motorsports team; owner Brent Hajek is an Oklahoma corn and soybean farmer. The team worked with engineers from Ford Motor Co. to modify the truck for its record run.

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Comments (6)
  1. That is a "green" accomplishment worth bragging about.
     
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  2. Would seem to be that the "greenness" of article is highly suspect, but otherwise very cool.
     
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  3. Well, we cover news on green technologies, of which diesel is nominally one. Besides, the story was kinda cool. :)
     
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  4. Well, sure but I don't think the optional parachute is as green as regenerative braking. Other than that, I am sure this is a great use of fuel.
     
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  5. Not sure it's "green" at all, but could you imagine driving that fast in a truck?
     
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  6. I hardly call a diesel engine with higher pressure fuel pump, increased compression ration (which means piston or cylinder head change), higher volume fuel injectors (those are not cheap, and who knows what they did to the turbo "mostly stock". I've owned and played with a diesel pick-up since 2000 and those are typical methods of modifying a diesel engine for increased performance. What IS interesting is they managed more mph on the biodiesel which produces less power than dino-diesel.
     
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