Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Creating the World's Fastest Diesel - the Story of the JCB Dieselmax Project

21 March 2007

This presentation focuses on the JCB DieselMax project from its conception through to the establishment and implementation of the full engineering project which culminated in achieving the World Record of 350mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, on 23 August 2006. The address will open with a brief history of land speed racing, an emphasis being placed on the demanding nature of the challenge faced. The engineering concept of the vehicle and the novel aerodynamic philosophy will be discussed. The nature of the challenges presented in the design of the car and the development of the engines will be described, together with some of the problems encountered and the solutions found. Details of what occurred during the final six weeks of the project once the car was running and under daily development will be described and how contributions from a high performing, world class team of experts enabled the project to accomplish its final success.

Meet the Speaker

Dr. Tim Leverton holds the position of Group Engineering Director for JCB. He is responsible for all JCB engineering activities worldwide and in addition has Board level responsibility for the JCB Power Systems business unit manufacturing the new JCB444 engine. He was Project Leader for the JCB DieselMax land speed record project which raised the world land speed record for diesel powered cars to 350mph in August 2006.

Prior to joining JCB he worked for 25 years in the automobile industry holding senior engineering positions at Rover Group and Land Rover, and latterly at BMW in Munich where he was Chief Engineer for the Rolls-Royce Phantom launched in January 2003.



: Dr. Tim Leverton, Group Engineering Director, JCB

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