There are so many diesel trucks and buses on the road today it’s not hard to make the mistake of thinking that diesels have any relationship to speed.
But then try telling that to Andy Green, an RAF pilot who has just driven a diesel powered experimental car across the Bonneville Salt Flats at 588.7 km/h. His average speed for the two runs was 563 km/h and that is the world record.
However, Andy might have found that a slow compared to the world record he holds for the absolute ground speed record. He has held that record since 1997 when he drove a jet powered car at 1228 km/h – a speed that took him through the sound barrier.