Greenspeed Demolishes Record
Greenspeed officially holds the record as being the World's Fastest Vegetable Oil Powered Vehicle!!
November 12-13, the Greenspeed team ventured to the El Mirage Dry Lakebed just north of Los Angeles, CA for the final Southern California Timing Assc (SCTA) event of the year. On Saturday the 12th, Dave (driving) was very nervous sitting on the start line because it was the very first time the truck was going to move while being powered by vegetable oil. He put it in gear and proceeded down the 1.3 mile course to smash the existing record of 98 mph with a run of 139.882 mph. The team followed that up on Sunday with a run of 155.331 mph. Hopefully high enough to stand until we make it back to the salt flats in August of 2012 for Speed Week. At that point, the team intends to challenge the existing petroleum record of 215.091 mph, with vegetable oil as a fuel of course! We hope to also find a bio-diesel supplier before then as well, so we can fill the tank with that and get that record too.
We would like to offer a very special thank you to all of the folks in the SCTA. They really reached out to our group and made it possible for us to compete this year. During each of our three trips this year (Speed Week, World of Speed, El Mirage) the folks we met were amazing. And an extra very special thank you to Jim Dunn, Kiwi Steve, Mike Spacek, and Roy Creel. They are our hero's!!
For those wondering, Greenspeed did actually make the insane deadline of Speed Week 2011. Some of you may remember shipping parts to the salt flats even!! We ended up finishing the build at the salt!! Passed inspection on the last night of the event and made it to the start 50 minutes before the event ended!! On that timeline, there was no way to get vegetable oil heated prior to getting on course. We were able to make a rookie run and one licensing run though!
After the mad rush that led to Speed Week, the team brought the truck home, started school the next day, and then started replacing all the duct tape with clamps and made sure everything was in it's proper place. Spent some time on the dyno getting the injection timing and fuel curve correct with plans of taking the record at World of Speed two weeks later. The crew made it to the salt with plenty of time and passed inspection with flying colors. On the very first run, at about the half mile mark (with a speed of over 140 mph), two cylinders decided to crack. The next morning, the team packed up and headed home feeling pretty dejected. We took the engine to Big Twin Diesel for a careful teardown and inspection. By the end of day, Big Twin, Northwest Motor Machine, Mahle, and Clevite were ready and willing to help us have a running engine in time to make it to the salt for one last attempt at World Finals, in another two weeks. So, putting class work on the back burner once again, the team doubled down to get everything ready in time. The night we planned on leaving, with a perfectly running truck, and a brand new vegetable oil system, we found out the event was cancelled due to 4" of standing water on the salt flats!! In a slight daze, the team took some deep breaths and started looking into alternatives (runways, drag strips, anything that might work for us to get the record out of the way). Found out our best bet was to go for the final SCTA event of the year at El Mirage. It was risky though: a very long drive, questionable weather in the middle of Nov, and a very short course. But as you've already read, it turned out well for all.
The team is currently working to find the money to have posters, small picture books about the project, picture CD's, and t-shirts made for everyone. Keep your eyes open for a care package from Greenspeed!
Our website (http://greenspeed.me) has recently been updated with pictures from all three of the events we attended this fall, there will be more from El Mirage soon. All the pictures are downloadable, feel free to use them for promotions. Please credit Holly Salewski on any photo used from the "Events" page. You can also find Youtube videos of both the record breaking runs on the "Events" page: http://greenspeed.me/Greenspeed/Events/Events.html
You can also find a small brochure about Greenspeed on the "Press" page. There is a smallish picture of it on the top right, you can click on it and download a hi-res version for printing. Or, just click here: http://greenspeed.me/Greenspeed/Press_files/GreenspeedInfoBrochure.pdf
You can also find a few of the recent articles about Greenspeed on the "Press" page. Since setting the record, there has been a surge of coverage on the internet. We are working on some hard copy publications, if you have any editors who are friendly, please let them know about us. The online news articles are piling up a little too quick to stay on top of getting them online.
Greenspeed is dedicated to making your involvement in our project worthwhile. If there are any special requests, or any special projects we can help with, please let us know and we will gladly accommodate to the best of our abilities!
This Saturday, there will be a small feature about Greenspeed during the BSU/Wyoming game on national TV. Along those same lines, Mountain Beach Productions, out of Missoula, MT, has agreed to put all the video footage we've collected over the past year into a half hour documentary about the project. This will be done in their spare time over the winter, as they will be doing it without pay. If anyone has the means to accelerate the process, feel free to contact them!
So, thank you again for your involvement in Greenspeed. Without you going out on a limb and supporting a seemingly unrealistic project, the record would not have fallen in record time.
We sincerely hope our efforts are worthy of your continued involvement in the project. We will be in touch.