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It's max power for the fastest diesel; MOTORING: World's fastest diesel car goes on display at heritage motor centre.

Byline: By Edward Stephens MOTORING EDITOR

THE world's fastest diesel car is now on display in the Midlands.

The JCB Diesel Max has joined the world's largest collection of historic British cars at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Visitors to the centre can see the stunning nine-metre long, sleek yellow streamliner, until the beginning of July, while it's on temporary loan from JCB.

In August 2006 the JCB Diesel Max became the world's fastest diesel when Andy Green drove it to an average speed of 350.092 mph (563.418 km/h), shattering the previous diesel car record of 235.756 mph (379.402 km/h).

The goal was to reach the 350 mph mark but Diesel Max exceeded this speed with ease, with one more gear still to go.

It actually reached 365 mph and was driven to the limits of its tyres on the harsh terrain of the Bonneville Salt Flats at Utah.

Diesel Max has the potential to run even more quickly and might return one day to set a new diesel car record.

Another vehicle added to the Heritage Motor Centre's display is the 1982 Aston Martin Nimrod, which was entered into the 1982 Le Mans race, finishing a very creditable seventh overall.

Stephen Laing, museum curator, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to add these two cars from two very famous names to the museum display.

"Despite coming from different eras, both cars demonstrate success in motorsport, technology and endurance at the very highest level."


DIESEL POWER... the JCB Diesel Max on display at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 16, 2008
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