Banks Engineering has four dynos and we will soon have five. On any given day, at least two are in use. So, you would think that making a dyno run would become blasé. But you would be wrong. Every time we run an engine on the Dyno we learn something and that is never boring…. Read more »
Ever since we did our Banks Twin Ram for the old 12 Valve Dodge Cummins 5.9, Gale has had this thing about getting air into a Cummins cylinder head. Recently he’s been busy on our newest military diesel V8, but now it’s back to the racing equipment business big time! And we can’t wait. After… Read more »
I get excited about every new Banks Power product, but I think we’ve outdone ourselves with our latest digital gauge. We call it the MMI 1.8 iDash (MMI = Man Machine Interface). The team and I have been calling it the “super gauge” because really, that’s what it is. This gauge, and “gauge” is really… Read more »
The JLTV program is providing our military with the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle. But what is the JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) and why is it so important? Oshkosh, the manufacturers of the JLTV, put it this way: “The JLTV program remains a top priority for the Department of Defense, filling a critical… Read more »
Gale is back on with with Paul Wilson and Nick Priegnitz. This time 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. Gale even divulges a specific horsepower number. Paul, Nick, and… Read more »
We’re working on our L5P marine, motorsports and retrofit, oiling system dynamics. An entirely new upper oil pan casting with turbo drainback ports on both sides and a new cast aluminum lower oil pan are being tested as well as a new SAE #3 flywheel housing casting for heavy duty and marine transmissions. We’re measuring… Read more »
Do you know that “It’s Cool to be Dense?” At Banks we’re expert at improving BAD, boost air density. In fact ‘Breaking BAD’ is our mantra at Banks Power! Intercoolers are density machines and here’s the news; we recently introduced the new Banks Intercooler for the 2013-17 RAM 6.7L Cummins Diesel. Designed to eliminate airflow… Read more »
Have you seen Michael Harding’s article in #StreetMuscle Magazine? Nice little history and #BanksPower visit piece. You should give it a read. It will give you a little insight to Gale Banks, his early beginnings and the evolution of Banks Power. Here is how the article starts… “As gearheads, we’re always looking for ways to… Read more »
Lead, don’t follow. Innovate, don’t copy. Be creative and stretch boundaries. These are just a few of the ideas those fortunate enough to be around Gale witness in action every day. When Gale presents a new concept like Manifold Air Density (MAD), people sit up and take notice, because like most of Gale’s innovations, they… Read more »
Is there any greater music than a perfect high-horsepower exhaust note? Check out the 10″ diameter dual pipes on Banks Dyno rooms 1 and 2. The L5P Dmax is up now, and some Twin Turbo gas stuff is next in line. I’ll do a little video next time we run so you can enjoy the… Read more »
You can tell by the date of this column that Christmas was the day before yesterday. Last Friday, after I posted the Friday Night News, we held our big Banks Christmas party. And the emphasis—and this week’s news—is on BIG! My job was to take pictures with our digital camera of each department of Banks employees as they were called up on stage. I’ll post them here so you can see just how big we are. I’m talking number of individuals, not individual size of employees.Posted on December 27, 2002 by Pat Ganahl
Lumpy’s Torrid Truck
Chad Horning is a videographer who accompanied us to Bonneville for the recent running of the Sidewinder pickup to capture all the record-smashing action, including shots from an airplane as the truck sped down the course. If you live in the Los Angeles area and watch the 5 o’clock news, you saw some of his footage in the last couple of weeks as several TV channels reported on The World’s Fastest Pickup. And, as I reported here on 11/15/02, you can sample several clips of his video work on our Sidewinder web site.Posted on December 20, 2002 by Pat Ganahl
A lot of our products tend to sound like TV stations.
It’s called an acronym. In this case it stands for Computerized Brake Controller. And it’s a patent-pending Banks exclusive that is now an integral part of our Banks Brakes. Other diesel exhaust brakes are controlled by a micro-switch, which is a simple on-off device just like a light switch at home.Posted on December 13, 2002 by Pat Ganahl
One Camaro to Go
At least one magazine calls them Pro Tourers: a new kind of hot rod with big wheels, very low-profile tires, big brakes, super-tuned chassis, a 5 or 6 speed manual trans, and plenty of horsepower. In other words, a hot rod that drives in something other than a straight line and for distances longer than a quarter mile—much longer.Posted on November 22, 2002 by Pat Ganahl
Banks Power for Workhorse
At close to 500 cubic inches, the GM 8.1L Vortec in the Workhorse chassis is already the most powerful gasoline motorhome going. So how did the Banks engineers figure out how to get 22% more power out of it? That’s 66 more horsepower and 77 more lb.-ft. of torque. They did it the way we always do—by building prototypes and testing them exhaustively to see what really works best in the real world.Posted on November 15, 2002 by Pat Ganahl
See Sidewinder Run
Seems like hardly a week goes by that we don’t have something new to tell you about Project Sidewinder. This one will be short.
The news is that we had a video crew at Bonneville to capture all the action and sounds surrounding our record attempts, and you can now sample it on our Sidewinder web site.Posted on November 15, 2002 by Pat Ganahl
Bob Robe is a glutton for punishment. He’s worked at Gale Banks Engineering longer than any other current employee—this January will mark 25 years.
Seriously, Bob just told me that he couldn’t envision working anywhere else that would afford him the wide range of jobs that he enjoys here. To say that Bob is multitalented is a serious understatement.Posted on November 8, 2002 by Pat Ganahl