In another example of diesel engines moving into the performance arena, the JCB Dieselmax streamliner made two runs at Bonneville, 308mph last Thursday and 325mph on Friday for a two run average of 317mph making it the fastest diesel ever to run at Bonneville. They will be refitting the streamliner with the 750bhp JCB444-LSR “record” engines for the more demanding FIA record attempt which requires two passes within one hour.
Following Audi’s diesel entries in the LeMans series and rather handily winning both Sebring and LeMans and Gale Banks driving a Dodge diesel pickup to the salt flats, running 222mph and then driving the same truck home again, the diesel seems to be shedding its image of a slow moving hauler. I think it’s time we move the diesel motorcycle out of the planning, prototype and low production stages.
Link: JCB Dieselmax