New world speed record set for diesel-powered trucks

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FAIRFAX, Va. — An Australian truck has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the World’s Fastest Diesel-Powered Truck.

Driven by Frank Gaffiero, the “Bandag Bullet,” a Kenworth T400 truck powered by two V8 Detroit diesel engines, is the only conventionally powered truck to achieve an average speed of 182.152 km/h over one kilometre from a standing start.

The “Bandag Bullet” broke the Guinness World Record for diesel truck speed on July 16, 2005, at the Queensland International Air Show, held at the Bundaberg Airport in Australia. ExxonMobil was a sponsor and supplied the engine oil for the world record-breaking effort. The engine was filled with Mobil Delvac engine oil.

While setting the world record, the truck’s engine reached temperatures approximately 100 degrees C higher than typical operating conditions.

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