Just when we all thought diesels were frugal little rattlers incapable of any credible speeds comes this. Gale Banks Engineering in the USA has built a Chevrolet S10 diesel pick-up that has officially recorded a 8.216 second pass at a Las Vegas drag strip this month.
Producing in excess of 750kW the twin turbo 6.6 litre LBZ Duramax V8 cleared the finish line at a terminal speed of 266.45 km/h.
The Gale Banks boys also hold the FIA World Record for the fastest diesel pick-up ever with a run at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats last year recording an impressive 349.86 km/h down the flying mile.
I wonder how many Hilux and Rodeo owners will jump on the phones to the States now.