Having been involved in some of the first tests of the Duramax Diesel 6600 prior to it’s introduction, I can tell you the results of this first test are much closer than they were just two short years ago. While most of us wouldn’t load up a 12,100 pound trailer and then go drag racing. this test showed that you could. The Drag Strip provided us with controlled conditions on a closed course.
The next two test articles will report the results from a seven percent grade that, for the purpose of our test, measures 1720 feet. The test will be performed in the same manner as the Milan drag strip shootout, but in only one direction: uphill.
The last test is a tough one -- our test fleet running empty and with our 12,100 pound test trailer on a 1000-foot long, 15 percent grade. Climbing a 15 percent grade is no easy task; I would bet that most of us could not walk up a grade of 15 percent that is 1000 feet long in less than a minute.
Stay tuned for the second article in the series next Monday.
Until then Happy Trucking.