Diesel Power Magazine (DPM) spent some time with Gale Banks to answer some questions that fans have submitted to the Editors of DPM. Five questions in 5 days, with the one-and-only, turbocharging and diesel legend, Gale Banks. Question 1: You have been involved with racing diesels for years. Do you think a 1,000cc engine, maybe a… Read more »
Listen to this great podcast where Gale Banks talks about all sorts for great things from his blown Cobra R Coil Over Watts Link Marauder, Kiwis, Twin Turbos, Jet boats, Burt Munro, Bonneville and much more. To stream, download or SHARE the podcast, just click on the image below to go directly to The Smoking… Read more »
At Banks Power we develop engines for uses ranging from winning wars (military) to winning races. We have done this, including the military part, since 1975. In those 40 years we have advanced our art and been on the winning team in building and powering all types of cars, trucks and boats, all over the… Read more »
Here’s some mug shots of our upcoming 7 liter supercharged, nitrous and water injected drag race engine. Gale Banks
It might not look like it in these pictures, but, when these shots were taken, the Banks Top Diesel Dragster was only a few hours away from going into the trailer for its first trip to the test track.
Remember the Stray Cats’ smash hit album Built for Speed? Even Brian Setzer himself couldn’t fathom the speeds that the Banks machines are capable of.
Last time I left you with the first firing of the Banks Top Diesel Dragster engine. The guys weren’t just starting this thing up just to hear it purr. The dragster will run soon; very soon. In fact, you’re going to get two Banks machines for the price of one.
The beast hath reared its ugly head. Okay, it’s not so ugly. It is quite a beautiful sight. But that sound! I wanted to savor it, like a good cigar, or my favorite flavor of ice cream. The sound permeated every inch of the race shop.
April 2009, After a strong reception at its spectacular unveiling at the SEMA Show last November, the new Banks Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster had to wait its turn in line while the Banks S-10 Sidewinder Pickup* went out to the starting line a few last times to finish up its development work with the powerful GMC Duramax engine that will also power the Dragster.
There it was, all 19 (and change) feet of gleaming black carbon fiber: the Banks Top Diesel Sidewinder main body, floating there in space, 6 feet high with that really “speed hungry” looking snake on the side that seems spitting out a warning to watch out for some Duramax diesel-powered drag racing speed in the very near future.