Now is a good time to work in the diesel industry, according to Nicola Menarini. He should know, he's been involved in diesel engineering for nearly 30 years working for multiple manufacturers worldwide. Today Nicola is GM's Chief Engineer & Program Manager for Duramax where he's overseeing the rollout the next Generation Duramax - the 6.6L L5P, 2.8L Duramax and the 1.6L diesel power the new Chevy Cruze. Nicola explains to Diesel Performance Podcast's Nick Priegnitz, Danny Voss, and Paul Wilson some of the forthcoming changes to the GM diesel line-up. The new Chevy Cruze will feature a manual transmission because that's what customers said they wanted. The future will also include diesel configurations of a medium size SUV and Van. The conversation also covers exhaust gas temperatures, regen, transient response, and the removal of soot and NOx emissions from diesel exhaust.
Gale Banks returns to the Diesel Performance Podcast for an incredibly deep dive into the L5P top end. Banks holds enormous respect for the next-gen Duramax - it's ruggedness and power potential. Yes, we hear a specific horsepower number from Gale. Paul, Nick, and Gale go into the new Duramax oiling system, pistons, heads, and other topics. Gale also digs into his work with his Duramax builds for performance applications. Get comfortable - sit back - and enjoy hearing from master engine visionary Gale Banks.
UCC defending champ Lavon Miller returns with new fuel, new turbos, and a completely different mindset. Paul and Danny get Lavon to open up and explain a lot about what he's doing differently. And by the way - Miller says he prefers going fast to sled-pulling.
Paul and Danny are as happy as school girls on a pony picnic. They're loving these UCC interviews! That's because they feature the best and the dirtiest of diesel performance. These guys are sitting on the bleeding edge of technology and helping all of us grow the motorsport - they're stories are just fascinating. Randy Reyes joins the guys to talk about his Cummins Dually and what's involved in his engine build. He also describes the work he's done to the transmission with an emphasis on the valve body. Sit back and enjoy - it's another great episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast.