DPC 2017/Day 2: Photos, Fuel-Consumption/Drivability Tests – #DPC2017
Diesel Power Challenge 2017: Day 2
Diesel Power Challenge 2017 Presented by XDP has started in earnest! After getting to know each other on Sunday evening, the DPC ’17 contingent set out bright and early on Monday morning to get each truck polished, posed, and photographed at scenic Red Rocks Park in Morrison, Colorado.
Unfortunately, our crew grew smaller by one overnight, as Justin McNichols’ truck suffered some catastrophic failure and wasn’t able to finish the drive to Denver. Furthermore, McCoy Black’s ’95 Dodge Ram 2500 was discovered to have a dead alternator in the hotel parking lot. Luckily, McCoy and his team replaced the alternator and chased the rest of the pack to Red Rocks in time for the group photos and truck beauty shots.
After the photo session—which was hijacked by our sister title Truck Trend for their coming-soon One-Ton Shootout—we had a quick lunch and made our way to ATS Diesel Performance in Arvada for the first competitive event: fuel consumption as measured on ATS’ dyno emissions testing program.
Using the shop’s automatic diesel pump—just like what you’ll find at a fuel station—we filled each truck’s tank, then the drivers ran their rigs through an attention-demanding 20-minute test cycle. The competitors attempted to follow a rising and falling line that simulates city driving, stop-and-go traffic, highway merging, and passing maneuvers, and if they deviate from the line, they are given a penalty of 0.1 gallon per transgression. Furthermore, if the truck’s engine shuts down—involuntarily or purposely—the driver receives an automatic 5-point deduction from his score for the segment, in addition to any fuel penalties; luckily, no one amassed that punishment. See the full results of the fuel-consumption test in the chart below, arranged in finishing order.
|Place||Driver||Truck||Number||Gallons Consumed||Gallon Penalty||Total Gallons|
|1st||Charlie Keeter||2004 Ford F-250||1||0.11||0.10||0.21|
|2nd||Shaun Doran||2012 Ford F-250||6||0.13||0.10||0.23|
|3rd||Mike Bunkelman||2004 Dodge Ram 3500||7||0.24||0.00||0.24|
|4th||Tim Jahn||2008 Ford F-250||8||0.26||0.00||0.26|
|5th||Patrick Whitcomb||2008 Ford F-350||2||0.26||0.40||0.66|
|6th||Kevin Jacob||2005 Dodge Ram 2500||5||0.58||0.10||0.68|
|7th||Rich Strube||2005 GMC Sierra 3500HD||4||0.98||0.20||1.18|
|8th||Levi Krech||2006 Dodge Ram 2500||3||5.18||0.10||5.28|
|9th||McCoy Black||1995 Dodge Ram 2500||9||DNF||DNF||DNF|
Returning champion Charlie Keeter opened the test, and from the very start, he set an impressively high bar, with the evaluation’s lowest fuel consumption and just one penalty. Other competitors threatened his score, but ultimately Charlie takes the gold in this category. Other notables include Mike Bunkelman and Tim Jahn, whose close attention to the dyno program netted them zero errors or faults. Levi Krech’s high fuel consumption was a bit of a puzzler, and we’ll be watching his truck the rest of the week to make sure it’s running healthy. And McCoy Black’s bad luck from the morning persisted to the evening, as high engine temperature forced him to take a DNF halfway through the fuel-consumption program. McCoy has high hopes of making up the points at the power and torque dyno on Day 3 of Diesel Power Challenge 2017 Presented by XDP.