When the Robert Bosch Corporation came to Banks and asked if Gale and his team could inject some excitement into the rather pedestrian Volkswagen Jetta TDi, the answer was “heck yeah.” Banks started by adapting its tried-and-true in-house developed tuner technology, merged it with the Banks iQ touch screen interface, created a custom cold air intake and exhaust system, and finished it all off with a special wheel and suspension package. When Banks was finished the first “Sidewinder Jetta” was born.
Powerful, grippy like it had spools of Velcro for tires, frugal on the fuel and the most fun you can have with your clothes on are not things one would usually say to describe the same car in stock form… but it’s a recipe Banks has used for decades. It was quickly adopted by the Bosch demonstration fleet where it became a favorite of journalists and engineers alike. Banks built a version of the Sidewinder Jetta for its own fleet, this time with a wagon, where it served as a test bed for upcoming diesel technology and electronic systems.