I’ve followed Scott Birdsall for quite a while now and after this weekend’s action at Pikes Peak, I couldn’t not share the word on his latest accomplishment. Birdsall and “Ol Smokey F1” now hold the title of the fastest diesel-powered machine to face the mountain. Being able to say that has to feel incredible and I’m sure his whole team is proud to be on board.
“WE DID IT! The FASTEST DIESEL EVER! In limp mode from the heat since Devil’s Playground and it still happened,” said Birdsall. “The past few weeks have been the most challenging of my motorsport career. My crew, my friends, and my team partners dug deep, and we ground through all the BS to achieve something I have been chasing for 3 years. Thank you to my wife for supporting my crazy endeavors and for cheering this wildman on holding down the homestead while the state is on fire. I love you.”
The old diesel record was 11 minutes and 37 seconds. Ol Smokey managed to pull this off in 11:24:065 beating the record without using its full potential by a few seconds. “My first two-thirds of the race was very fast until the truck started to overheat and went into limp mode near the start of Devils Playground,” said Birdsall. “Fortunately, the speed below pushed me over the top, and the previous record of 11:37 held by factory Mercedes Benz fell. My Toyo Proxes Slicks were awesome, and they had amazing adhesion giving me the supreme confidence to push hard!”
@FASSFUELSYSTEMS Custom lightweight lift pump and team support.
@dynomitedieselproducts Stroker 12mm CP3 pump, Super Mental injectors. @freedomracingengines 6.7-Liter Cummins Race engine.
@toyotires Motorsport slicks and R888R tires.
@garrettmotion Compound GTX Gen 2 turbochargers.
@litespeedracing 3 piece GT10 motorsport wheels.
@ptpturboblankets heat management.
@atsdiesel Billet 48re transmissions.
@wilwooddiscbrakes 6 piston Aero-6 14″ front and 13″ rear brakes.
@nitrousexpress NXD 375 water meth system and Max 5 controller.
@thehoonigans Swag and internet-breaking video.
@bellintercoolers Custom coolers.
@tialsport MVR wastegates.
tuned by @breakouttuning
@red_line_oil Race fluids
@sparcousa Circuit seats, 6 point harnesses, and 14″ race wheel.
@motonsuspensionusa 3-way motorsport dampers.
@astsuspensionna Air jacks
@swiftsprings Coil springs
@antigravitybatteries Lithium-Ion Battery
@aprperformance Tri-level carbon wing.
@safecraft Fire suppression system.
@boxousa Tools and tool storage.
@nexgenfuel Nexdiesel 100% plant-based with 70% fewer emissions than petrol-based diesel.
@mbrpexhaust Exhaust components
@vibrantperformance HD clamps, PTFE lines, and titanium tubing.
@airaid air filters
@amsperformance Engineering support.
Birdsall’s ’49 Ford is powered by a 1,200-horsepower Cummins engine and with the help of all of his sponsors on board, he was able to achieve something he has chased for over three years. Congratulations to him and his team. I can’t wait to see how this truck does next time with full power ready to rip. For more information about Ol Smokey F1, be sure and check out Birdsall’s Instagram here.