The British JCB Dieselmax team has broken the land speed record for diesel powered vehicles, averaging a speed of 328.767 miles per hour.
The car, driven by Wing Commander Andy Green, broke the record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah after making two runs yesterday.
The first run was made at an average speed of 324.248mph with the return run averaging 333.339mph, beating the previous record of 235mph which has stood for more than 30 years. In 1997, Green became the fastest man in the world when he drove ThrustSSC through the sound barrier to a speed of 763.035mph.
The JCB Dieselmax he drove was designed by a British team and is powered by a version of the same engine that is used in ordinary JCB vehicles and was built in Staffordshire.
"To have built the world's fastest diesel is a stunning achievement for the JCB Dieselmax team and the car performed superbly," said Dr Tim Leverton, project director.
Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB, said: "This is a marvellous achievement for JCB, and a wonderful tribute to British engineering."
Wing Commander Green said: "It's a fantastic day for British engineering and for JCB, who have shown a lot of courage with this project."