05/10/2001 – Off-road Racing Tests Power Stroke(R) Diesel Performance And Durability

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Source: International Truck and Engine Corporation.

Off-road Racing Tests Power Stroke(R) Diesel Performance And Durability

Concept Ford Excursion Challenges Desert
Racing Competition With Power, Size

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CHICAGO (May 10, 2001) – On the road, the Power Stroke(r) Diesel
engine has proven its performance in more than one million Ford work
and sport trucks. Now, the number-one diesel engine in its class is
out to prove its power off road with the new concept Power Stroke
Diesel Excursion desert racer, the first of its kind.

International Truck and Engine Corporation, manufacturer of the
7.3-liter diesel engine, teamed with Ford Motor Company to build the
SUV, which will race in six events this year, including the SCORE
Baja 500 in June, the BITD Las Vegas to Reno in September and the
SCORE Baja 1000 in November. The Excursion’s engine is an
experimental version of the popular Power Stroke Diesel built for
Ford pickup trucks, vans and SUVs, and is capable of producing up to
400 horsepower and 850 foot-pounds of torque.

“Participation in the off-road racing series allows us to test
engine performance, chassis, suspension and transmission components
in extreme conditions,” said Bob Rath, vice president of quality and
reliability, engine group, International. “This is just one example
of how we are working closely with Ford to develop high performance
diesel trucks and SUVs capable of meeting the toughest endurance

Weighing in at 6,000 pounds, the Excursion literally towers over its
competition. The concept Excursion was built in just five months by
a team of industry experts, including John Marking of Fox Shocks,
Ron Norton of National Springs and Bill Varnes of Mirage Racing.
Bob Rath and Mark Wildman, field service representative,
International, lead the team that built and maintains the Power
Stroke Diesel. The SUV’s racing specs include a 137-inch wheel
base, a 60-gallon fuel cell and over 16 inches of rear wheel travel
and 11 inches of front wheel travel.

Veteran racers Matt Scaroni and Tom Watson will drive the Excursion
in competition. Scaroni should feel at home behind the wheel of the
diesel-powered SUV – his family owns a Power Stroke Diesel Excursion
for everyday use, and their business, Scaroni Ranches Inc., runs a
fleet of Power Stroke Diesel trucks. SMD Motorsports and Logistics
maintains the off-road Excursion for the Scaroni family.

Off-Road Racing

International Truck and Engine Corporation is the operating company
of Chicago-based Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV),
which had 2000 sales and revenues of $8.5 billion. International
Truck and Engine is a leading producer of mid-range diesel engines,
medium trucks, school buses, heavy trucks, severe service vehicles,
and parts and service sold under the International brand by the
industry’s broadest dealer and distribution organization. The
company also is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel
engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. Additional
information can be found on the company’s Web site at

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