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Former Boise State Club Breaks Landspeed Record for Diesel Trucks

Students work with diesel truck

On Aug. 18, non-profit organization Greenspeed Research broke the landspeed record for diesel trucks at the 69th annual Southern California Timing Association Speed Week in Utah. In a race against 500 other vehicles, driver and former Boise State University student Dave Schenker and Patrick Johnston led the Greenspeed team to become the world-record holders for fastest diesel truck in their class at 219.411mph. The previous diesel speed record stood for 10 years at 215.091mph.

It marked Greenspeed’s second world record in six years, following their record for the world’s fastest vegetable oil-powered vehicle. It also landed Schenker in the coveted Bonneville 200mph Club.

A truck that says "green thumb, lead foot" on back.

“This is an important milestone for Greenspeed Research in general, and for Patrick and myself individually,” Schenker said. “We recently started an engine and chassis design/engineering business and this is a great example of what we are capable of accomplishing.”

“We’ll be back to the salt flats with our vegetable oil engine to beat our petroleum record, and prove once and for all you don’t lose performance while using a plant-based, renewable energy source,” Johnston added.

The Greenspeed Research vehicle is a Chevy S10 retrofitted with a high-powered diesel engine. The team has had tremendous industry support over the years in attaining this achievement. Greenspeed Research would like to thank the many sponsors that have stuck with the team through thick and thin.

Founded as a student club at Boise State University, Greenspeed Research filed as a 501(c)3 organization in 2015 with a mission to create learning opportunities for the STEM disciplines and renewable energy. Greenspeed Research lives this mission through a variety of projects, including its annual Solar Go-Kart Challenge. During the challenge, teams of high school competitors convert gasoline-powered go-karts into 100 percent solar power in a design competition, which they then race through campus. The project is in partnership with Boise State.

To learn more about Greenspeed Research, visit