This drag racing pickup has a triple-turbo diesel engine and produces over 3,000 horsepower.
You don’t normally see diesel engines in drag racing. They’re usually a bit slower, a bit heavier, and just not quite able to get the extreme power that you can with higher octane gasoline.
But that doesn’t mean that diesel engines are completely unheard of on the drag strip. For example, this particular pickup truck with a 391 cubic-inch (6.4-L) Cummins diesel and three turbochargers is certainly no slouch when it comes to power.
How much power? How’s a cool 3,000 horses grab you?
The 6.4-L Cummins diesel is basically surrounded by turbochargers. A 92mm turbo sits where the passenger seat used to live, while the other two are mounted in the rear bed between the massive drag radial tires. Both of those tires combine to essentially take up the entire width of the car, with the wheel wells actually taking up most of the bed space.
That engine typically redlines at 7,000 RPM and operates at 160 lbs of boost. Considering the owner knows of a very similar truck with only 120 lbs of boost also dyno testing at 3,000 horsepower, he suspects his pickup produces somewhat more than that.
And that power is born out in the quarter-mile times. Under 5 seconds to complete a race at over 150 mph. Top speed is estimated to be somewhere north of 200 mph. From a turbodiesel pickup truck.
Unfortunately, such a pickup truck produces a lot of smog. Thus, it’s appropriately named “Climate Change.”
It also produces what is perhaps the most unique sound of any engine you’ll ever hear. It roars, it whistles, and it screams like someone took a jet engine and a McLaren and mashed them together to make a terrifying symphony of diesel and smoke.
Watching this thing launch is like watching a rocket take off, complete with a plume of exhaust. Take a look in the video above and prepare to be amazed.