JCB might be best known for its slow-moving construction industry workhorses but another side of the company’s engineering prowess has gone on show to the public in the shape of its land speed record breaker.
In 2006 the JCB Dieselmax became the fastest diesel vehicle in the world when overall land speed record holder Andy Green reached speeds of more than 350mph at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Now the vehicle has joined the Motoring Record Breakers exhibition at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon.
The car was born out of JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford’s vision and desire to showcase the performance potential of the JCB444 diesel engine.
The Dieselmax was built in less than a year and managed to break the diesel land speed record at its first attempt. The twin-engined Dieselmax achieved 324.248mph on its first run over the measured mile at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats on August 22 2006.
When it reached 333.339mph on its return run less than an hour later it fulfilled the criteria for a new record.
The successful record-breaking feat was managed with a lower powered 600bhp version of the JCB444 engine and just a day later it went faster still after being fitted with the more potent 750bhp LSR version.
Then the Dieselmax broke its own record, achieving a speed of 350.092 mph over a distance of one mile.
The Motoring Record Breakers exhibition runs until September 2 and showcases a selection of record-breaking vehicles, including some of the fastest British cars, along with some quirkier record breakers such as the cheapest and the smallest.
Other cars on show include the Sunbeam 1000hp, which was the first car ever to set a land speed record of over 200mph and the 2009 Jaguar XF-R Bonneville - the fastest Jaguar at 225mph.
There is also the world’s smallest production car – a 1964 Peel P50 and the cheapest car in the shape of the 2011 Tata Nano.
Speed lovers can also see a range of superfast MGs, the EX135, EX179 and the fastest MG ever – the EX181.
Tim Bryan, head of collections at the Heritage Motor Centre said: “We’re delighted the JCB Dieselmax has joined our exciting collection of amazing vehicles which we are thrilled to be exhibiting.”