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We do have a laugh from time to time at the expense of guys who drive F-250 and F-350 pickups but never seem to actually haul anything. But we figure hauling ass counts as hauling. That’s why we doff our hats to Hajek Motorsports for eking a whopping 182 MPH out of an F-250 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. And by the way, that’s the diesel F-250.

Impressive. But our BS detector went off a little when we read Ford/Hajek’s claims via Automobile:

“The most remarkable thing about the F-250’s speed is that the truck remains mostly stock. Ford says that its engineers and Oklahoma-based Hajek motorsports only installed a high-pressure fuel pump, new fuel injectors, new turbos, and modified the compression ratio.”

Whoa there, guys. Swapping out pretty much the entire fuel system and turbos isn’t a small job, and any vehicle featuring custom forced induction, fuel, and major internal engine modifications isn’t “mostly stock.” By the way, they also “fitted a roll cage, a five-point harness, a drag chute, aerodynamic fairings for the front bumper, and moon-dish wheels.” In short: They modified the living crap out of an F-250.

Still, that’s a serious accomplishment. Don’t scoff at numbers like 182 MPH at Bonneville. Sure, you’ve seen 200+ numbers all over sports cars, many of which aren’t even in the supercar range. But take one out to Bonneville and it’s a different story with lots of grip issues on the salt. This is actually a pretty significant feat.

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12 Responses to A 182 MPH F-250

  1. BJN says:

    What, you don’t have a drag chute?

    I wonder where they got H-rated truck tires…

  2. Joe says:

    How about modifying the suspension, and I am guessing that they changed gear ratios, you can get a LOT more speed out of a diesel if you’re not setting it up to haul 10 tons of boat.

  3. Chuck says:

    -1 Not a dually 250. I’m with Joe – they didn’t get that fast without modifying the final drive ratio.

  4. Blind says:

    That’s not modifying the crap out of a truck. The parachute seems silly, but the aero-changes and roll cage strike me as a good idea for safety. Switching out the wheels doesn’t offend me either. I’d consider giving you the fuel system mod, but really? That’s a weekend’s labor in the garage. Compression ratio could be a new head, could be a new gasket, or could be a change in the ECU playing with the timing of the valves, I don’t know. Either way it isn’t massive amounts of modifications.

    Hell, it’s still blowing A/C and as all of the creature comforts too.

    As far as final drive ratio, are you guys questioning it accelerating to that speed or simply reaching that speed? They’ve got miles to get up to speed, so no need to get there quickly.

    Fark thread on this for more comments:

  5. Steve says:

    I added a photo to the Toolmonger pool that I took in late winter. It’s a view not often seen.

    Winter at Bonneville…


  6. Daniel says:

    Chuck cage you should probably stick to whatever it is you’re good at, because commentary on this type of topic isn’t it.

  7. Adria says:

    Hi CHuck!
    This is an unrelated post:( So sorry but I saw your huge dinosaur you built and I am doing a dino party for my son. I am what’s known as crazy pyscho planning party mom. So with that being said I simply must must must have one of these dinos. My husband is a builder and I think I can talk him into doing it but I’m worried about the “plans” part of it. He is not so ultra meticulous or patient. How long (hrs) would you say this took you? I’m just curious so I know how soon to start bitchin’ Lol. Also if you still have this and would be wanting to sell it and save my husband the wrath of crazy pyscho party planning mom. I can be reached at adria_secord@yahoo.com

    Thanks in advance!

  8. Eric R says:

    Now THAT thing will get me to work on time !

  9. Kevin says:

    You guys forgot to mention that it was fueled by Biodiesel. If I’m correct it is a speed record for a Biodiesel fueled vehicle of any kind.

  10. Gunship Cowboy says:

    The Bonneville Nationals rules require the chute on any long-course vehicle. Any speed over 175 puts you on the long course. You also need to know that this is a two-way average going in opposite directions. No small feat.

    • Gunship Cowboy says:

      Ooops! I checked the SCTA official results for Speed Week 2011 and the 182 must have been a one-way run. SCTA lists the new two-way record for this truck to be 169.331. They beat the old Chevy Duramax record by three mph. Still not a bad accomplishment on B20.

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