Speeding Ahead

A biodiesel-powered Ford F-250 sets land speed record
By Erin Voegele | September 08, 2011

Hajek Motorsports broke two land speed records in August with a 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty truck fueled with biodiesel and diesel. The team used a mostly stock truck with a new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 and achieved a speed of 182 mph using soy-based B20 and 171.123 using regular diesel. The new records were set at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The prior land speed record for biodiesel was 130.614 mph.

According to Ford, every 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel can run on a fuel mix containing up to 20 percent biodiesel. To prepare the truck for the event, Ford engineers teamed up with Hajek Motorsports to design and install modifications. Information released on the new land speed records notes that changes were made only to the top-end components of the engine. This includes the high-pressure fuel pump, fuel injectors and turbochargers for more fuel flow. The compression ratio was also modified.

“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.”

—Erin Voegele

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