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 »
The Gale Banks 427″ V8 Diesel Racing Engine
I’m not a good spectator. If I’m not competing I stay at the shop. If I am competing I want the longest race possible. I’m an adrenaline junky! As an engine builder I like all forms of racing but, I love endurance racing! Endurance racing keeps your heart rate up for hours and sometimes even… Read more »Posted on July 12, 2016 by Gale Banks
Ram Air Pontiac
Restored by our son Andrew, after I foolishly pulled the 400″ Poncho and then built an LS 7, BBC to bolt in its place. All was going well until, in an act of unbridled capitalism, I made the Chevy into a marine engine for a boat customer. It seems that I had a runner bottom… Read more »Posted on July 11, 2016 by Gale Banks
Four Decades Defending Our Country
This July, Banks Power celebrates 40 years of designing and providing turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines for military water craft and wheeled vehicles. I’m not supposed to know where they go and what they do. But I do know that some very brave people deploy with them. A few of those, I’m honored to say,… Read more »Posted on July 5, 2016 by Gale Banks
Happy Birthday America
Today America is 240 years old. Here’s a collection of Gale’s posts that illustrates just how great our country is. Have a Happy Fourth of July everyone! Don’t Ya Love The Sound Of Freedom? I take distinct pride in being an American…Turn up the volume and Let’s Celebrate! – Gale Banks Warthog Don’t Care…! Any aircraft… Read more »Posted on July 3, 2016 by Gale Banks
Dateline June 29, 2016. Moraine, Ohio – Magic happened today and I got be there…!
The final special machining operation on the first full production run of Banks 866T base engines is complete! These Dmax folks are something special, I’m humbled by their professionalism and their friendship. July will be a big deal for our Defense Engine Division, Banks Technologies as we start initial production of our Banks 866T engines… Read more »Posted on June 29, 2016 by Gale Banks
Three Little Eco Diesels All In A Row…
Hey everybody, meet the sons of VM Motori. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Eco Diesel in the foreground, Ram 1500 Eco Diesel in the Ford-F100 and The Banks 630T 302 hp, 514 lbft with our 6-Speed Auto, on the right. The Ram block is unique to the truck and is different than the Jeep and our… Read more »Posted on June 27, 2016 by Gale Banks
Look Ma! No Turbos – The Hot Rod Project hits the Dyno!
As we prepare for ‘First Fire’ on our 427″ Twin Turbo Gen 1, SBC, I’ve decided to also make this a dyno series highlighting a new way to predict your engines power potential…we’re going to read MAD, Manifold Air Density on our new iDash Display. As a result we’ve stripped the turbos and installed a… Read more »Posted on June 27, 2016 by Gale Banks
Nasty Sounding Blower…Why Not, We’re Going Drag Racin’!
The plan is to be testing in our 272″ Sidewinder Diesel Top Dragster mid-September. We’re running Blown with zoomie headers till we’ve found the best size blower and overdrive, then the zoomies go away and we add two large turbos. A turbo on each bank, and they’ll be blowing the blower, of course! The engine… Read more »Posted on June 21, 2016 by Gale Banks
Hey, Eco Boost Owners, my guys are getting clever and I’m loving it!
I was nosing around my EE department over the weekend, all by my self, and I came across this. It appears to be the Lab View driven programmer and tester for a new Eco Boost family of tuners code named “Derringer”…it’s a hide out device that fits inline and requires no reflash of your ECU…. Read more »Posted on June 14, 2016 by Gale Banks