Diesel Power Challenge 2014 DVD Presented by XDP
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May of 2014 marked the tenth hosting of Diesel Power Challenge, an event that has become the premier test of might in the diesel performance industry. Each year, 10 of the nation’s most powerful, street-driven diesel trucks are selected by readers to compete in a seven-event torture test that includes a dyno shootout, quarter-mile drag race, eighth-mile trailer tow, trailer obstacle course, ride and drive, fuel economy test, and sled pull. As history has proven, the last truck standing usually takes the win. So whether it’s Ford vs. GM vs. Ram, or more importantly Power Stroke vs. Duramax vs. Cummins, DPC-X is sure to up the ante and deliver on the promise of faster trucks and higher horsepower than ever before.
To encourage innovation, Diesel Power put as few restrictions on the
trucks as possible. Diesel Power Challenge is a run-what-you-brung
event. While the competitors can modify and repair their trucks as time
permits, they have to run at the same weight and with the same tires
throughout the event.
Day One starts off with these trucks being strapped to a chassis dyno
to find out just how much horsepower and torque each powertrain
produces. These two numbers are added together for an overall power
number used for scoring. On Day Two, we hit the drag strip for three
scored events: a Class A-style trailer obstacle course, a 10,000-pound
trailer acceleration test over 1/8th of a mile, and finally a
Quick-8-format drag race. The third and final day starts with a grueling
140-mile drive through the scenic Rocky Mountains-during which fuel
economy is measured-followed by a sled pull.
At the end of the three-day ordeal, the truck that ends up with the
highest number of points will be crowned our Diesel Power Challenge
champion and have bragging rights for all of 2014, earning an automatic
invite to defend the title at Diesel Power Challenge 2015.
Dyno: Our annual event has always featured some of the
biggest power numbers around. A true test of mechanical limits and competitors nerves, the dyno competition shows us what trucks can hold up when pushed to the limits!
The Dragstrip: In the dragstrip portion of the test, our 10 competitors screamed down the 1320' as fast as they could.
Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow: Perhaps one of the most feared
competitions in Diesel Power Challenge is the eighth-mile trailer tow
drag race. Here, good transmission tuning and broad powerbands are
Trailer Obstacle Course: There’s nothing that tests the
streetability of these trucks, or the drivers’ skills, like our trailer
obstacle course. This is an event in which you’re rewarded for keeping
your towing mirrors and having a brake controller on your Diesel Power
Ride and Drive: Diesel Power Challenge is about street-legal
vehicles, so we came up with the ultimate test: a 140-mile drive up and
over the Continental Divide, which reaches a staggering 11,158 feet. At
the top of the crest is the 1.7-mile-long Eisenhower Tunnel, one of the
highest vehicular tunnels in the world. We would also be testing fuel
economy, which would be a tiebreaker event in case any trucks finished
with the same overall point totals.
The Sled Pull: After three days
of pain and suffering for both the vehicles and the drivers, the trucks
that are still running will then hook up to a 30,000-pound sled to see
who can tug it the farthest.
The competitor that scores the most points from all the events
will then be crowned the winner of 2014 Diesel Power Challenge!