At the 2010 Diesel Power Challenge, each generation of the Cummins-powered Dodge Ram will be represented. We're priding ourselves on variety this year, and Brent Lorenncz sits in the middle of the mix with his '98 1/2 2500. Powered by a hybrid 24-valve mill, he expects it to rank right up there with the likes of our toughest competitors. For fuel, he'll be running the king of all rotary-style injection pumps, too-a Monster pump. With expectations of 1,000+ hp at the wheels, we'll be sure to keep an eye on Brent's truck this year.
Team Dodge battle within a battle: two 12-valves competing, along with Brent's 24-valve Vs. three common-rail entries (one of which is the defending champion). Here's what Brent had to say about preparing his truck to handle everything the Diesel Power Challenge can throw at it:
Diesel Power: What changes are you making to the truck?
Brent Lorenncz: "It's coming along. It's a totally different motor now. I'm running one of Monster pump Mike's redesigned Stage 2 injection pumps. It's one of the first ones, and will flow about 640cc, so it should have no problem keeping up with the big P-pump and common-rail guys."
DP: What is your strategy going to be for each event?
BL: "Just to keep the thing running good, and at least score near a Third Place in everything. We're hoping to do pretty good in the sled pull with the mud terrains. We should also be at 1,100 hp on fuel only. We don't plan on using any nitrous."
DP: What tires do you plan to use?
BL: "Mud Grapplers from Nitto. I've always had good luck with them. They'll be 37x13.50s."
DP: What spare parts are you bringing?
BL: "I've got a spare tranny here. I haven't broken a shaft in the trans yet, but the intermediate shaft had a crack in it when we rebuilt it a little while ago. It should be fine now, but I'll also bring a spare converter, spare driveshafts, U-joints, and other driveline stuff."
DP: Who are your crewmembers?
BL: "Pretty much just buddies of mine that have been around me the whole time I've been building the truck up. They know their way around diesel trucks."
DP: Any other thoughts?
BL: "Actually, I was really shocked when I got the call to compete. I kind of forgot about the application after sending it in 8 months ago, but then I got the phone call one day, and it sped up the process of the engine build. I had planned on attending the TS event this year too, so it's really going to work out."