The engine powered the Dieselmax to a record breaking 350mph © JCB.
The world’s fastest diesel engine, which has recently received a special engineering award, is currently on display at the Anson Engine Museum in Cheshire.
The engine has been awarded a coveted heritage award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and will join other examples of mechanical excellence such the Thames Barrier and Harrier Jump Jet, as winners of the award.
Geoff Challinor, Chairman and Curator at the Anson Engine Museum, said “We are absolutely delighted that this very British engine has been recognised in this way. JCB developed a wonderful engine and I am very proud to have it on display at the museum. It is a testament to what British engineering can do on the world stage.”
The JCB Dieselmax broke the diesel land speed record on 23 August 2006 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA by reaching a speed of just over 350mph.
The JCB Dieselmax was built entirely by computer © JCB.
Notification of the award has just been received and arrangements are now underway to make the official ceremony in October a truly memorable event.
Dr Tim Leverton, JCB’s Group Engineering Director and Dieselmax Project Director, said “The whole team is terribly proud that the Institute has honoured the engine in this way.”