Feeds

JCB set for world speed record

300mph digger

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The world's fastest JCB is on course to beat the world speed record for a diesel vehicle later today at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.

Okay, it's not actually a digger. JCB Dieselmax is a specially-designed car/cigar tube but is powered by two JCB engines. The nine metre long carbon composite vehicle uses two five litre digger engines to produce 750 brake horse power, which have already pushed the car beyond 300 miles per hour.

The JCB Dieselmax

The aerodynamics were worked out using computational fluid dynamics rather than the traditional wind tunnel. This was because the size of the car meant they'd have to use a sixth-scale model, which could have introduced errors. The other difficulty was studying what happens where the wheels hit the road, as this would require a rolling road.

Digger company JCB decided to design and build its own engines in late 2004. For the record attempt the team are using a standard engine block and cylinder head, but a special fuel injection system and redesigned pistons. Extra cooling has also been added.

The car will be driven by ex-RAF pilot Andy Green.

The current record, set in 1973, is 235mph.

There are video clips, detailed specs and updates at the team's website.

Bootnote:

Reg reader Stuart emailed to remind us that Andy Green already holds the world speed record for driving Thrust SSC at 763mph, details here.®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars
Odyssey orbiter yet to report, though - comet's trailing trash poses new threat
You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data
Hear that, 'data journalists'? Our analytics prof holds forth
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.