Team Turbosmart’s Wade Moody has become the first person to break the six second barrier in a common-rail Duramax powered dragster. Moody is currently the points leader in the National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) Top Diesel category, and this new record further cements his place as a leader in the diesel drag field.
The popularity of diesel vehicles in motorsports is on the rise, as builders, tuners and racers continue to test and push the limits of the engines. Moody’s Duramax is an all-billet powerlpant built by his company, NGM Diesel Race Engines, and features two Borg Warner EFR turbochargers, with Turbosmart wastegates controlling boost. Limited to 5800RPM, the engine is estimated to produce around 2100hp and 2100 lbs-ft of torque.
Running a 6.997 second pass at 192.8 mph, Moody believes he can get much deeper into the sixes. The aim is the become the quickest diesel in the world, which will require a 6.46 – not an easy task. Moody seems unphased though, telling Dragzine “we have to work harder to eclipse that number, but that’s never stopped us before.”
That attitude means we may just be seeing some more records broken for Team Turbosmart in the not-too-distant future!