JCB DIESEL MAX
The JCB DIESELMAX will attempt the speed record for a diesel-powered automobile in August 2006 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. Powered by a pair of advanced 4-cylinder, 5-litre JCB444-LSR diesels, developed with the support of Ricardo, the JCB DIESELMAX is said to boast the world's highest specific power diesel engines used in any automobile application Ricardo applied its state-of-the-art powertrain computer aided engineering software to the task of assisting JCB in the development of the JCB444-LSR engines which deliver peak power of 750hp and torque of 1500Nm.
JCB Diesel Max - launch
The engines are more than five times the power of the production version and at 150hp/litre, they exceed even motorsport applications as the world's highest specific power diesels. Ricardo Director of Diesel Engineering, Ian Penny, said: "We are pleased to have been asked to play the role of JCB's engine development partner on this high profile and exciting project....and we wish JCB every success in breaking the land speed record for a diesel powered vehicle."
15 August 2006 - BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS - UTAH
4 August 2006 - Andy clocks up 190mph in JCB Max
A long yellow missile sped along the runway, straight as a die, almost silently, like a golden arrow. The car is the JCB Diesel Max Streamliner in action on its first public outing.
JCB Diesel Max
Green, the fastest man on four wheels and the first driver to go supersonic, was behind the steering wheel – and as the speedo
clocked 190mph he wore a quiet smile of satisfaction.
JCB Dieselmax Arrives In US - Mon 07 Aug 06
The JCB Dieselmax team arrived in Utah two weeks before its scheduled attempt on the World Diesel Land Speed Record. The move across the Atlantic was in itself a huge operation, since all the kit - including the car itself, which had to be completely dismantled - accounted for 20% of the capacity of a Boeing 747 cargo plane.
Push-start ... Diesel Max is nudged into place
Archive News: 300mph JCB goes for land-speed record - 20 Apr 06
maker JCB intends to break a land-speed record: a specially-built
aerodynamic racer, featuring two 750bhp JCB444 diesel engines - one for
each set of wheels - will take part in high-speed runs at the Bonneville
Salt Flats later this summer.
chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: 'I am passionate about the importance
of engineering excellence to Britain and I see using the JCB engine for
this record attempt as a fantastic way of showcasing what British
engineers can do. The JCB444 has been acknowledged as a remarkable piece
of engineering and this programme to build the world's fastest
diesel-powered automobile is precisely the sort of technical challenge
we should rise to.'
A THREE TON DIGGER
300mph digger gets shove from another JCB
This was no ordinary JCB — the Diesel Max streamliner is twice as fast as an F1 car and powered by two JCB digger engines.
And the 201mph recorded this week was the Diesel Max just warming up. In just over two weeks, JCB intend to hit 300mph to set a new world speed record for a diesel-powered vehicle.
The record attempt will be at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Arizona but our warm-up was, fittingly, on a runway at RAF Wittering normally used by Harrier jets.
When the JCB Diesel Max was in full flight it looked like a bright-yellow missile that would give even a Harrier a run for its money.
My role in helping the Diesel Max on the way to the record was courtesy of a large push up its rear end by me in a ten-ton JCB Fastrac tractor. In truth, I was only allowed to drive the Fastrac into place behind the Diesel Max. I then moved into the passenger seat next to JCB’s top test driver, Colin Bond.
JCB were understandably nervous my foot might slip and I might push the Fastrac too hard into the Max. As it is a one-off that cost several million pounds to develop, I happily agreed to stand down, especially as the expert Colin told me he was still “nervous” at doing the push.
JCB ... stands for Just Can't Believe it!
The Diesel Max needs a gentle push-start from the Fastrac to just over 30mph before the driver, Wing Commander Andy Green, engages the F1-style paddle gearshift and blasts the fastest JCB ever down the runway under its own power.
And Green was the perfect man to have behind the wheel because he is already the fastest man on Earth. Green flies Tornado F3 jets but on October 15, 1997, he became the first and only man ever to drive at supersonic speeds when he averaged 763.035mph in Thrust SSC to set the world’s land speed record in Nevada.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to driving another British entry into the 300mph club. “Driving the Diesel Max gives me an opportunity to stretch myself at speed, especially as it’s a diesel — and a JCB.
“This week’s trial runs went even better than expected — it handles superbly at high speed. We’ve hit 200mph and haven’t even opened it up fully yet.” I’m confident about our attempt at the record and there is no reason why we shouldn’t do it.”
But Green is quick to point out that the 300mph record attempt will face problems that are out of the team’s control — like going on a salt lake in 40°C temperatures and high crosswinds. But after passing 200mph this week Green was clearly delighted and still looked as cool as a cucumber, more like someone who had just enjoyed a Sunday afternoon drive
Witnessing the slim Diesel Max surge down the runway from the cab of the Fastrac was one of the most spectacular and bizarre sights I’ve ever experienced.
man on Earth ... Andy Green
Watching the bright red parachutes burst out of the back to help the brakes bring it to a halt gave a sudden reminder of just how fast the JCB was traveling and how much faster it will be on its record attempt. The man behind the record bid is JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, who has masterminded the firm’s rise to becoming an international success story.
Sir Anthony sees the record run as an opportunity to showcase the excellence of the firm’s diesel engine. He said: “I am passionate about the importance of engineering excellence to Britain and I see using the JCB engine for this record attempt as a fantastic way of showcasing what British engineers can do.
“It has always been a family tradition that the way to make progress is to push the boundaries. I believe that building the world’s fastest diesel-powered automobile is precisely the sort of challenge that we should rise to.”
If Andy Green smashes the record later this month it will be a red letter day for JCB and British engineering — proving we’re still capable of setting the pace in the motoring world.
Not so mellow yellow ... hitting 201mph during warm up
20 April 2006
JCB today unveiled the JCB DIESELMAX vehicle with which it aims to break the world land speed record for a diesel powered automobile in August 2006 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. Powered by a pair of advanced 4-cylinder, 5-litre JCB444-LSR diesels, developed with the support of Ricardo, the JCB DIESELMAX boasts the world’s highest specific power diesel engines used in any automobile application
Ricardo is proud to have been selected by JCB as the engine development partner for the JCB DIESELMAX vehicle as well as providing support to the programme. In addition to its advanced diesel engineering expertise, Ricardo applied its state-of-the-art powertrain computer aided engineering software to the task of assisting JCB in the development of the advanced JCB444-LSR engines which power the JCB DIESELMAX. Ricardo was also able to draw upon extensive knowledge and experience of the engine architecture which forms the basis of the JCB444-LSR engines as a result of its previous role as concept engineering partner on the production JCB444 engine from which the land speed record engines are developed and with which they share many components.
The resulting JCB444-LSR engines exhibit many of the technologies which are likely to form the basis of the next generation of high performance, low-emissions diesel engines in both automotive as well as heavy-duty applications. The results are truly impressive and the headline figures speak for themselves: with each delivering peak power of 750hp and torque of 1500Nm the engines are over five times the power of the production version and at 150hp/litre, they exceed even motorsports applications as the world’s highest specific power diesels. At the same time the JCB DIESELMAX engines retain excellent fuel efficiency and very low emissions through the use of advanced combustion control and diesel particulate filter technology.
Diesel Max, l'auto più veloce del mondo
Il pilota Andy Green tenterà di superare il record dei 482 km l'ora
Il pilota Andy Green a fianco a Diesel Max
sulla pista statunitense di Bonneville, nello Utah, con un obiettivo:
puntare al record di 482 chilometri l'ora. È la Diesel Max, l'auto più
veloce del mondo studiata per volare anche a 500 km l'ora. A guidarla,
sarà ovviamente un uomo da primato, Andy Green, matematico, ex
colonnello della Raf e vero top gun dei Phantom e dei Tornado.
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