Since 2016, the Ultimate Callout Challenge has brought the best of the best together. Six years after it’s inception, it is still doing so. Records have been broken, engines have exploded, friendships were made, etc. The Ultimate Callout Challenge has been huge for this industry and something that has been chased since the beginning has finally been captured. 3,000-horsepower.
Everyone knows that diesel power is huge. Making big power on an engine dyno or using it in an application that doesn’t require traction, is and has been done. But, having the recipe to make big power and actually applying it to a track, is quite another story. Justin Zeigler with Zeigler Diesel Performance, set out last year to make a statement. Well, he did by winning the entire event.
This year, though, this was going to be different. Like most of the competitors capable of this feat, they’re going for as close to 3,000-horsepower as possible. After running his first four-second-pass on day one, Justin couldn’t be happier. However, the dyno is a gloomy cloud over everyone’s heads. Everyone wants to do good, but that dyno holds a lot of pressure and bragging rights. The race to 3,000 was on.
After multiple attempts for other teams, 2,621.1-horsepower and 3,677.3-lb/ft of torque were the numbers to beat. In my opinion, I think the Zeigler Diesel crew knew that they had something that could crack a big number, but I don’t know if they knew it would do what it did. Cameras, recorders, and interested bodies flooded the safe, surrounding areas and awaited the roar.
Justin wrapped up in fire protective gear, waits for the right time to hit the throttle and nitrous, and off it went. After nearly driving off of the dyno roller, stretching the straps to the absolute max, the truck slides back into place. You could tell that whatever it made, it was big. A dyno at UCC had a 3,000-horsepower reading for the first time ever.
Justin’s Ram didn’t just tap into the 3,000-horsepower area, it literally rocketed past it and stopped at 3,336-horsepower and 3,642.20-lb/ft of torque. This was a sound that was heard around the whole facility. No matter what happens from this point on, I’m positive that this whole team is happy. Nothing can bring this team down.