I'm confused, I thought this was a NASCAR thread in TGIF, not a diesel engine thread, or an I don't like roundy racing thread. I frankly thing that NASCAR fans don't care. They don't go to the races to see black diesel smoke, they go to see white tire smoke produced by big gas sucking V8 engines.
Yair...oops, darn it I'm upsetting folks again. Sorry to go off topic willie59 but the point I have made is that the world has moved on...it doesn't take a gasoline bent eight to make a little smoke on Sundays.
Didn't care for the pack and crash racing, I think it may need a little tweak.
And you know the big guns have already figured out how to push the rules of the EFI.
Don't know the costs, but it may hurt the little teams . You may see a lot more start and parks this year.
The spotter they interviewed during the fire, stated that was his only car if they won.
I liked my pre 70's technology, all you needed was a handful of tools. No scan this or that. 20 bucks would fill your tank, buy a meal and the parts, plus you would get change. 6 bucks for 5 gallons of oil, now some places, it's 6 bucks for a quart of oil.
For whatever reason, American manufacturers don't offer diesel engines in passenger cars and NASCAR origins were to run cars similar to what was manufactured. They've strayed a long way from that but with chassis advancements yet induction remained technology that was 30 years obsolete. I'm pleased to see the engines reflect more current technology, and there is an art to get the electronics to match the mechanics of the engine.
As I mentioned, I'd like to see them develop the current engine blocks over the old style, some of these have been in use for over 20 years.
If at some time manufacturers move to diesel engines, then by all means they should be on the track. Until then, gas will be what we see.
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GM had the junk 350 diesels in the 80's . I doubt they would have made it a lap on a Nascar track...
So I guess maybe Harry Gant could have been tooling around in a Buick equipped diesel. Although they weren't offered in a Regal, I'm sure Gm would have built a few for Nascar use,
said they going the to race the cup car in nationwide around next year sometime
I thought it was kinda sad to watch the best mechanics in the world, standing around a stalled car, not being able to start it!! saying, "we pressed the reset button"..sad, just freakin' sad..