In 2001 Carl Heap's The Phoenix diesel truck became the fastest diesel vehicle on earth, under any sanctioning body, with a record speed of 251.244 mph. For comparison, the fastest FIA International record held by a diesel streamliner is a mere 236 mph.
Last August, at Speed Week 2003, with new rear streamlining and a front spoiler, The Phoenix raised the record up to 272.685 mph.
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