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Old 09-26-2004, 03:13   #1 (permalink)
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What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

What car? What motor? What turbo? Where? You know, that sort of thing...

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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

Have a look *here*
I believe the DHRA isone of the biggest in it's class...but someone please correct me if i'm wrong.
some of these guys are getting into the 10's and 11's in big dodge rams and such...

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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

more specifically, see the *hall of fame*. And the link to the video, excellent stuff...

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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

thanks for the link mate. Man 10 and 11 in those massive trucks or suv or whatever they call them is very cool.

How about here in Australia, is anyone running diesels at the strips?
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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

Are you writing a book on odd dragsters or something?
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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

lol, weird dragsters...
i dunno of any running in australia....

I gotto hand it to these guys, even with their 7 liter V8's, 10's and 11's are danm impressive times. Diesel engines ouput is regulated soley by fuel flow, not air flow (don't have throttle butterflies) so increase in power can only come through richening the mixture, which in turn overheats the engine. Add to that that diesels need high compression to run (standard diesels run around twice the compression of petrols), and it makes a difficult package to tune (i.e. boost needs more fuel, high compression and boost don't mix, more fuel=more heat, too little heat and the engine won't run).
That's a simple engine neway, i guess theres some pretty serious engineering on these trucks to overcome these obstacles...
I'd love to learn more, but there simply isn't much info out there...

EDIT: I'm no expert, admitedly theres a good chance i just talked alot of shit, so don't flame me if you know any better...

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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

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Are you writing a book on odd dragsters or something?
Thats not a bad idea actually, but nah im just interested in learning about all the different ways of making good power.

I like things that are a bit different too, and I also like the idea of a good economy to power ratio. I am mainly a big fan of LPG turbos but hey i'm always willing to listen to new concepts.
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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

Saw a vid of a F250 dragging a rx7. The F250 was definitely turbo'd and probably ran deisel, and ran an 11.1 (the rx7 ran a 12.5) It was amazing to see such a huge car just get up and go, and beat a small sports car at the same time.
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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

FYI

There is a thing called a Banks Sidewinder (Gale Banks) that has a turbo 5.9 litre diesel. It puts out 735bhp and 1300 lb/ft. Its made for land speed records and did 217mph in 2002.
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Re: What is the fastest diesel powered car 1/4 mile?

i worked with a guy who had a toyota landcriuser 4WD(the ones that look like scania trucks) it ha a 4cyl turbo deisel and was as quick as my 351 4speedwhich ran 16 secs flat
also had a drag with a VW Golf deisel which obviously was turbo as it left me behind real quick seamed to change gears at around 3500rpm(sounded low in revs at least)
i also like the idea of a quick car with good economy, i had been thinking of a gemini with V6 commode engine and 5 speed, but they need a diff,brakes and not sure how they handle afterwards. SO I"M CONSIDERING an XF with either a LEXUS V8 or XG 4.0 conversion with 5 speed and exhaust of course
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