GMC Celebrates Diesel—The Man & the Engine
Rudolf Diesel received a patent for the compression-ignition engine that bears his name on this day back in 1898. To celebrate that, GMC took this picture
which goes to the point that it offers its Canyon midsize, Sierra 1500 full-size and Sierra HD heavy duty, all with diesel engines. (Which would undoubtedly make Rudolf happy.)
The Canyon has a 2.8-liter inline four that produces 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Sierra 1500 has a 3.0-liter inline six that produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. And the Sierra HD has a 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel that produces 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. According to GMC, a Sierra HD single-cab dually can tow 35,500 pounds, which is the best-in-class.
Not to be maudlin, but it may be interesting to note that Rudolf Diesel died on or around September 29, 1913, which is the day that he disappeared while on a steam ship that was traveling from Antwerp, Belgium, to Harwich, England. His body was found on October 10 of that year.
There are two schools of thought about Diesel’s death. One is that he committed suicide. The other is that he was knocked off by someone in the pay of the coal industry: the diesel engine put the coal-powered steam engine for things like trains and, well, steam ships, at a competitive disadvantage, so Diesel had to go. . .
You can buy gasoline engines. A diesel. And now a Golf that is a full electric vehicle. Here’s a look.
Direct injection is the technology of the near future for both gasoline and diesel engines, say Bosch engineers. It will keep the internal combustion engine clean, powerful, and efficient during a period when hydrogen power is more dream than reality.
When you think of complex, highly technical devices that you use every day in your car—in fact, possibly as much as three to 10 times per minute—you probably don’t think of your rearview mirror.