If one needs any signal that diesel engines are rapidly gaining world acceptance, there now are high-performance “racing diesel” programs. Ford and its Power Stroke diesel engine partner International Engine Corp. (Navistar) are teaming to field a “concept” diesel-powered Excursion race truck for six U.S. off-road racing events this summer, including the big-time SCORE Baja 500 and Baja 1000. The racing Excursion is ready to squash desert jackrabbits with an experimental version of the ...

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