Land speed racing is one kind of motorsport that, up until modern times, acquired never been regularly frequented simply by diesel-powered vehicles. However , over the course of the final two decades the rapid rate associated with advancements occurring in diesel technologies undoubtedly piqued the interest of many property speed enthusiasts. As a result, we’ve noticed a variety of compression-ignition engines infiltrate this particular prestigious sport. How about the Cummins-powered Dodge Dakota from Banks gave the “Sidewinder, ” the Duramax-propelled “Mormon Missile, ” or the record-holding, twin-engine’d JCB Dieselmax streamliner? Plus who could forget the 215-mph “Rocket Ranger” furnished with a Hypermax-built six. 0L Power Stroke…
Without query, some truly unique means of propulsion were used in diesel-powered land speed automobiles. Recently, we came across what is probably the most unlikely candidate we’ve actually seen. It’s a streamliner known as Double Eagle, and it’s Vw TDI powered—but not by among the mini-engines that typically come to mind if you picture the VW badge. Rather, brothers Davidson and Doug Adler campaign the unit-injected 5. 0L V-10 that once graced the particular Volkswagen Touareg. Few knew concerning the 5. 0L when it was accessible in the midsize SUV and even less know anything about it now—but up to now it’s proven to be a solid foundation in order to pursue records with.
Because the owners of Adler Land Rate in Southern California, the Adlers—along with Frank Klos—found themselves knee-deep in the process of building a streamliner framework in 2011. Looking to build something exclusive, they sourced a Volkswagen a few. 0L V-6 TDI and contacted Andy Fabbro and Gabe Scott of AG Autowerks—a shop that will specializes in all things VW—about juicing up enough to make them competitive from the salt. After advising all of them that the late V-10 diesel will be a much better candidate to start with, the Adlers wasted no time sourcing a takeout engine and transmission. “A 7 days later, they had a V-10, ” Fabbro remembered. “And I believed to myself: ‘Now we’ve got the platform we can work with. ’”
Once the Double Eagle task was officially underway, all framework, body, and suspension changes had been handled by Adler Land Swiftness, while the folks at AG Autowerks were tasked with integrating the particular engine. While mounting the V-10 mill was easy enough, the particular electronic side proved much more time intensive. With the high-tech TDI requiring numerous lines of communication between the various control modules, the original purpose to built a custom cabling harness was quickly aborted. Rather, most of the engine’s original wiring control remains. In order to effectively control the particular Aisin transmission, the factory TCM was reused as well. After isolating the OEM transfer case from your transmission, the act of delivering power to the rear, quick-change axle required an one-off combination of a broached sleeve incorporating a standard U-joint plus an 18- inch long drive shaft.
VEHICLE: Adler Land Speed Streamliner (“Double Eagle”)
PROPRIETORS: Doug and Davidson Adler
HOME TOWN: Newbury Park, Ca
ODOMETER: 147, 000 miles (engine/transmission)
ENGINE: Volkswagen 5. 0L V-10 TDI
GAS: Fratelli Bosio Competition 783 unit injectors with 163-percent over nozzles
AIR: Apex Functionality Turbochargers’ twin fixed geometry, in house wastegated BorgWarner K16 turbos along with 44mm (inducer) titanium compressor tires and 55/46mm turbine wheels, double water-toair intercoolers (one per turbo)
EXHAUST: Custom with a high-flow a lot more feeding each turbo
ELECTRONICS: Manufacturer Bosch EDC-16 ECM
TUNING: Kerma TDI custom calibration via Queen Pro tuner
TRANSMISSION: Factory Aisin six-speed automatic and TCM, customized 18-inch driveshaft to rear quickchange axle
HP: 390 hp (est. )
RPM: 795 lb-ft (chassis dyno)
AUTO TIRES: 22x4x17 Goodyear Silver eagles (front), 28x5x15 Goodyear Eagles (rear), rated to 300+ mph
AXLES: Speedway Engineering custom-narrowed quick alter (rear)
SUSPENSION/STEERING: Traditional four-link (rear) located via panhard bar, variable Bilstein coil overs, rigid custom made anti-roll bar, adjustable trailing adjustable rate mortgage (front) with inline steering managed by Schroeder steering box plus bell crank.
SAFETY/BRAKING: DJ Protection parachute (to 150 mph), Wilwood brakes with Dynalite calipers
Though the 147, 000-mile motor has been left completely alone, the particular factory injectors were replaced using a set of flow-tested units equipped with Bosio Race 783 nozzles from Kerma TDI. Matching the added encouraging are a pair of 44mm, fixed angles BorgWarner K16 turbos built simply by Apex Performance Turbochargers. The increased air is dramatically cooled through dual water-to-air intercoolers before getting into the engine. All ECM plus TCM tweaks are performed simply by Kerma TDI, and the streamliner’s greatest tune sends 795 lb-ft torque capacity to the wheels.
After a period of trial and error that integrated a failed oil cooler, 2 blown factory turbochargers, and a most of 201 mph, the Double Skull cap team set a record on Sept 17, 2017. While participating in the particular 31st annual World of Velocity event at the Bonneville Salt Condominiums, Davidson Adler piloted the one-ofa- kind streamliner to a 237-mph leave speed— making it the fastest Vw racer in the world. Even more promising was your fact that a mild ECM melody was used on the record-setting pass—indicative that the powertrain has a lot more still left in it.
According to Andy Fabbro, 250 to 255 with is achievable in the streamliner’s present state. However , a much bigger program may be in the works: becoming the particular world’s fastest diesel streamliner. Becoming that Double Eagle’s chassis will be loosely based on a design that is already gone more than 400 your, there is no reason to doubt they have what it takes to give the current Bonneville report holder of 317 mph the run for its money.