Kenworth shooting for record time in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

| Friday, June 27, 2003

Kenworth Truck Co. once again will race a Kenworth T2000 in the 81st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Pikes Peak, CO, June 28.

The Kenworth team enters the event with a new tandem-axle T2000 race truck re-engineered to pursue a record time in the Big Rig Division – Highway Class. In 2002, the Kenworth T2000 entry ran to a record-setting victory of 13 minutes 57 seconds, a 2-second improvement over its previous record.

The new T2000 is 1,000 pounds lighter compared with last year. It features a twin turbo on the Caterpillar C-16 engine. The switch to a twin turbo was made possible due to a rules change resulting from the announced introduction of Caterpillar's ACERT production engine.

Kenworth is again using a ZF 5HP500 5-speed Ecomat transmission modified by ZF to racing specifications. Bridgestone's M711 low-profile 255/70R22.5 drive tires with hand-cut tread pattern are used for maximum traction, secured to Alcoa aluminum wheels with 20 beadlock screws per tire.