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Diesel Power Challenge 2016, Day Three: On the Dyno! #DPC2016

DPC’s First Competitive Segment Doesn’t Disappoint

KJ Jones
Jun 8, 2016
Photographers: KJ Jones
Have you ever been a part of an experience or witnessed something that left you with a complete loss for words? Or, if you actually are able to mutter at least one word, the only term that works is simply, “WOW?” Well, that’s the word that was heard several times throughout Day Three of Diesel Power Challenge 2016 presented by XDP, as competitors held nothing back in their quest for maximum power and torque, on the chassis dyno at ATS Diesel Performance in Arvada, Colorado.
Always highly anticipated, dyno day is “the icebreaker;” the first competitive segment of DPC each year, which kicks off three days of events that put trucks, drivers and their crews to the ultimate test of performance, strategy and sportsmanship.
The dyno shootout is performed without a correction factor, and a competitor’s highest horsepower/torque total (from a single run) is used to determine a top performer. For 2016, Ray McClelland and his ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 are the combination that made the crowd say, wow, with a score of 2,922 (on diesel fuel only/no power adders), followed closely by Charlie Keeter and his ’04 Ford F-250 (yes, it really does have a 6.0L Power Stroke engine under the hood—with three turbochargers and nitrous oxide, too), who recorded a 2,906 combined total, and Kelsie Epp who rounded out the dyno-session’s Big 3 in her triple-turbo, nitrous-injected ’02 GMC Sierra 2500HD (2,822).
1 Ray McClelland 07 Dodge Ram 2500 1,034 1,088 2,922
2 Charlie Keeter 04 Ford F-250 1,115 1,791 2,906
3 Kelsie Epp 02 GMC Silverado 2500HD 1,014 1,808 2,822
4 Neal Torley 08 Ford F-250 919 1,763 2,682
5 David Ferguson 05 Ford F-350 983 1,065 2,588
6 Jake Patterson 06 Dodge Ram 2500 748 1,482 2,230
7 Nathan Stacy 07 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 760 1,109 1,869
8 Travis Koller 15 Ford F-250 360 978 1,338
  * = NO Correction Factor      
Another competitive and challenging segment of Diesel Power Challenge 2016, far removed from rocking the rollers with stump-pulling torque, also took place on the dyno. Our brand-new evaluation of fuel consumption (which also proved to be a very cool drivability assessment of each truck), pits competitors against the computer, basically, as they operate their rigs at varying speeds (as low as idle to a top speed of approximately 60 mph) through a 16-minute driving simulation on the dyno. The test involves topping off fuel before a run (using a metered pump for accurately measuring the amount of fuel delivered into the tank), and then adding fuel again until the tank is full, and recording the amount that was consumed during the “road trip.” The important thing to note about this new test is that it is 100 percent self-contained in the ATS dyno cell (no smoking DPC trucks driving on public roads).
Unfortunately, there was a little carnage on Day Three, as we saw several competitors making repairs to various breaks or damage that occurred while on the dyno, and Jake Patterson emerging as the early front runner for the Diesel Power Challenge 2016 Carnage Award. The 5.9L Cummins engine in Jake’s ’06 Dodge Ram 2500 suffered severe engine trauma (holes in several pistons), essentially putting him out of the remainder of the event.
The high-stakes action continues, with trailer-towing events and quarter-mile drag racing on Day Four and a sled pull on the Day Five of Diesel Power Challenge 2016 presented by XDP.
Stay tuned to trucktrend.com each day, for updates on all the action. And, follow us on social media with the hashtag #DPC2016 (also look out for our live video updates on the Diesel Power Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/dieselpowermagazine/]).



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