This article was reprinted from Popular Mechanics online edition. The author is Eric Tegler published on May 25, 2017 “It changes audibly with the rpm, even over the roar of the Banks 866T turbodiesel engine (based on GM’s Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 diesel).” Keep your hands loose on the wheel. I remind myself of this as we fly across… Read more »
Recently Steven Olsewski, editor of Diesel Army, a Power AutoMedia publication, visited us for a day of Dyno runs. At Banks Power, we test and measure anything we do to the engine, and we also test and measure anything we might add to or put into the engine, for example, a lubrication package – does it… Read more »
Reprinted from National Defense Industrial Association 5/17/2017 By Yasmin Tadjdeh RESTON, Va. — The Marine Corps is considering purchasing thousands of more joint light tactical vehicles than originally planned, a service official said May 17. The service has committed to an acquisition objective of 5,500 platforms, but could boost that to more than 9,000 if… Read more »
Derringers are sought out for their small size that is easily concealed, yet deliver a powerful double punch. Today we installed a Banks Power Derringer in this 2016 Ram 3.0 EcoDiesel. Can you find it? Not only is it hard to visually see, it leaves no footprint, meaning it leaves no trace, take it… Read more »
Gale sat down with /Drive to discuss turbos and why they are the best option for adding power. From commercial use, Racing, all the way to Military. If you’re thinking about working with Turbos to increase your power potential, then you need to watch this video and I’ll tell you why! For more info, read the… Read more »
It is always nice to receive an e-mail in the morning show that someone just published an article about us. This time it was Street Muscle Magazine who published an article about our Dragster. They run a section on their site titled “What are you working on?” which features projects in process. This week, the editor… Read more »
Update: This was an April Fools Prank! No electric vehicles were improved in the making of this story. We all know that electric vehicles are growing in popularity. Being that Banks Power is known for Gas & Diesel performance, they dismissed electric vehicles for a very long time. But about a year ago, Gale Banks had an epiphany… Read more »
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 »
Blue Oval Fever
I’m a Ford guy. I can’t explain why, except to say that from the time I was a young kid I have always felt more partial to the Blue Oval brand than others. It could be because my dad owned more Fords than other brands. I was one of 6 kids, so we always had large vehicles. I remember going to church in an early 70’s blue Econoline with a 3-on-the-tree shifter. I never got to drive that one, but I remember logging a lot of miles in it. It was replaced by a 1982 brown Econoline powered by a 289 V-8 with a variable venturi carburetor… not one of Ford’s better ideas. This one I did get to drive.Posted on April 15, 2005 by Peter Treydte
Giving Something Back
I’m sitting in my office waiting for the guys from WyoTech to arrive. This morning, I get to put something back into the diesel industry. I volunteered to work with WyoTech on the development of a light-duty diesel curriculum (with a high-performance overlay, of course).
We’re talking diesel pickups. There are now millions of them. The opportunity is huge for a young student as the demand is only going to get larger.Posted on April 15, 2005 by Gale Banks
Why a Blog?
My job title at Banks is, “Corporate Journalist.” Pretty high falutin, huh? Not really. I’m just a scribe. I record a lot of what goes on around here. I document projects and vehicle buildups for corporate sponsors, provide info for magazine editors, write blogs, Blah, blah, blah.
I’m swamped trying to keep up with all that is going on at Banks. I remember thinking recently that we need to get the information I collect to the public faster. Then, out of the blue a few weeks ago, Gale asked me what I thought of the idea of launching a blog about Banks. I couldn’t get “yes” out fast enough.Posted on April 14, 2005 by Tim Gavern
Beware the Blog!
“The Blog!” Blog this and blog that — that’s all I’ve been hearing for the past month. Up until recently I thought folks were talking about the anamorphic amoeba with the voracious appetite that terrorized a small town back in the ’50s flick. They tried to stop it by burning it, shooting it and then blowing it up. Just about the only thing that’d stop it was freezing it. After all was said and done the thing grew from about the size of a pea to a giant glob.Posted on April 14, 2005 by John Espino
The Race Shop
Most companies call it Research and Development. Here at Banks, we call it the Race Shop. I think of it as the toy room.
But calling it the Race Shop is not a bit far-fetched. This shop has not only turned out several true-blood race cars, but it has also produced several world record holders. That is a pregnant statement. The emphasis, here, is on several.Posted on January 24, 2003 by Pat Ganahl
Well, here’s one for you Dodge boys (and girls). Specifically, I’m talking about the members of Turbo Diesel Register, otherwise known as TDR.
The TDR is actually based on a quarterly publication that started in 1993 with a stated purpose to be “an open forum for the exchange of information from the manufacturers to the owners,” and “to give Dodge diesel owners more satisfaction in the ownership of their truck.”Posted on January 17, 2003 by Pat Ganahl
At the Install
A couple of weeks ago, when I showed you all the different departments of employees here at Banks Engineering (at the Christmas party), I said I’d tell you more about the Install group in a week or two. Well, make it two.
I guess it should technically be called the Banks Factory Installation Center, but all of us here refer to it simply as Install.Posted on January 10, 2003 by Pat Ganahl
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