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Engine Builder magazine has announced its annual Diesel of the Year winning engine – a sleeved and turbocharged 6.7L Cummins – built by McCoy Black of MB Diesel Performance in Gold Hill, NC. Members of MB Diesel Performance accepted the Diesel of the Year award at Engine Builder’s PRI Party, sponsored by Autolite, at Tin Roof in Indianapolis on December 8.
During Engine Builder’s PRI Party, sponsored by Autolite, guests were treated to live music from Pom Teddy, food and drink, goodie bags and Autolite Annie pint glasses – but the big winners were the honorees.
The 2021 Diesel of the Year contest, stems from Engine Builder’s Diesel of the Week series, sponsored by AMSOIL INC. This series began in 2019 as a way to showcase the increasing number of diesel performance engines being built. The Diesel of the Week profiles engine builders, their shops and a specific diesel engine build in detail.
Out of the more than 50 diesel engines profiled in 2021, Engine Builder’s readers and social media audience selected a Top 10 diesel engines worthy of being crowned Diesel of the Year. The 2021 Top 10 diesels were:
- Sleeved and Turbocharged 6.7L Cummins built by McCoy Black of MB Diesel Performance in Gold Hill, NC
- Turbocharged 12-Valve Cummins built by Steve Ortner of Mountain Machine in Belleville, MI
- Mechanical P Pump 7.3L Powerstroke built by Nate Bailor and Ben Burnworth of Unlimited Diesel Performance in Bremen, OH
- 680 cid John Deere Pro Stock built by Phil Schalk of Riverside Engines in Tiffin, OH
- Triple Turbo 6.4L Cummins built by Chad Perkins of Perkins Diesel and Spencer Ekstam of FASS Fuel Systems, both in Missouri
- 7.0L Mechanical Injected Cummins built by John Schirado of Granby Truck Shop in Granby, CO
- Triple Turbo Solid Block 6.8L Cummins built by Freedom Racing Engines and Chris Buhidar of Truck Source Diesel in San Antonio, TX
- Triple Turbo LB7 Duramax built by Jacob Riordan of Speed Stop Inc. in Dalton Gardens, ID
- Deck-Plated 6.4L Compound Turbo Cummins built by Steve Burton of New Performance Automotive in Rural Retreat, VA
- Turbocharged 7.3L Powerstroke built by Zack Pierce of Pierce Diesel Performance in Van Wyck, SC
Those Top 10 diesels were pitted against one another in a two-week voting contest on Engine Builder’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels. After more than 800 votes, MB Diesel Performance’s sleeved and turbocharged 6.7L Cummins engine claimed the Diesel of the Year crown for 2021.
For more details on the winning diesel, click here. If you’re interested in being part of the 2022 Diesel of the Week series, please email content director Greg Jones at [email protected]