Ford F-250 Super Duty Breaks Land Speed Record

by Ford in the News on August 25, 2011

Ford F-250 Super Duty land speed image

Hajek Motorsports has broken two land speed records with a diesel and biodiesel-powered 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty. With its 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo-diesel, the truck hit a top speed of 171.123 mph, setting a new B Production Diesel Truck land speed record. According to Car Dealerships Bremerton WA, the truck also broke the biodiesel land speed record with a speed of 130.614 mph.

These new speed records were accomplished at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, using a mostly stock truck. Every 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel can operate on a mixture of diesel up to 20 percent biofuel. Hajek Motorsports’ truck featured only modest modifications including a new high-pressure fuel pump, fuel injectors and turbochargers for more fuel flow. The compression ratio was also modified.

“Racing is part of Ford Motor Company’s DNA so it’s only natural for us to build a race vehicle that demonstrates Ford’s leadership in the diesel and biodiesel truck market,” said Brent Hajek, Hajek Motorsports owner. “The F-250 is an excellent truck with amazing capabilities. I’m amazed at how, with very few changes from stock, we were able to accomplish this.”

When he’s not racing, Hajek is a soybean and corn farmer from Oklahoma, so he knows plenty about Ford F-250s and biodiesel fuel. He worked directly with Ford engineers to design and install the modifications to the production-level truck, getting is ready for record-breaking speeds.

“The engineering that went into the base engine provided us with a rock-solid foundation to start from,” said Paul Niessen, powertrain engineer. “And it worked out great since we increased the output of the engine by more than 50 percent over production with just a few changes.”

According to Tennessee Ford, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel produces best-in-class 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque with best-in-class fuel economy, further strengthening Super Duty’s best-in-class towing and payload capabilities. The engine is also the cleanest Power Stroke ever produced by Ford. New York RV Dealers said that Ford execs believe that racing is one way to get consumers excited about the promise of biodiesel.

“Super Duty has always been the leader in the heavy-duty truck segment,” said Brian Rathsburg, Ford Super Duty marketing manager. “Breaking these records reinforces our leadership position, allows us to raise awareness around the truck’s biodiesel capabilities, and gives us an opportunity to reach out to enthusiasts in a fun and engaging way.”

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jhova August 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Well I believe that to achieve that speed you would to need to change more than compression. Too funny! I would like to look at rear spool. Nice try, no mods to drivetrain. I know how to hide mods too, formerly employed at Roush racing in Livonia, I did that everyday!

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