Banks Insider News

Forced Induction Madness – Twin Turbo Duramax – ala Steam Punk When you start with a design for an intake or an exhaust system it’s rather simple… By John Espino So last week we showed you a peak at the end of the story (or rather the beginning of another one) with some great pictures of the Sequential Super-Twin Turbo, but the roots of it hadn’t been fully ... Read more about this post

Forced Induction Madness – the Banks Power Sequential Super – Twin Turbo Marine Diesel A twin turbo Duramax marine engine gets an extra kick from being supercharged! By John Espino The title says it all… and it’s quite a mouth full. In fact, I rather doubt anyone can say it ten times fast. For those of you still shell shocked I’ll break it down for you: it’s a twin turbo Duramax ... Read more about this post

Banks Dragster Update – After Arizona Did we set any world records at Arizona’s Speedworld? Not quite. Was it still a successful outing? Most definitely. (And hey, the “National” record we set got us a trophy!) By John Espino Well, we didn’t set any world-records this time out, but the Banks Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster held up rather well. In fact, we’d consider ... Read more about this post

Sidewinder Jetta is Fresh From the Plastic Surgeon The Sidewinder Jetta is now sporting some rather aggressive nose work and side skirting. By John Espino Of the many projects going on here at Banks this week there’s only really one that I can talk about without spilling some all important beans. See, there are thing that we just can’t talk about… yet, mind you. Since ... Read more about this post

Banks Dragster Update – March 5 2010 With all systems checked, the dragster and all the race gear loaded in the trailer, we’re ready to make our mark on the dragstrip again… By John Espino There’s been little to report on the Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster since this past Summer. Back then we had to withdraw from an event in Indianapolis due to mechanical ... Read more about this post

Banks Sidewinder Top Diesel Sets Sights for World Record The “rail” leaves for test and tune, sets sights for 6-second “clean” run. By John Espino Last week I reported on the first fire of the new engine being used to catapult the Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster down the raceways, the DRE “Stroker” engine. Bad weather prevented us from our “test and tune” session last weekend, so ... Read more about this post

Banks Power’s New Beast – Sidewinder DRE New Year, new opportunities… more power (insert caveman grunts)! By John Espino After months of sorting out issues with the Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster’s transmission we’re ready to start the onslaught of track punishment again. Only thing is we’re not going about it with the same engine. Nah… that sucker was so last year! Since we’re feeling ... Read more about this post

Plenty of things going on! I know that our blog has been silent for several months, but it’s only because there’s been so much going on here at Banks. In a time when others are simply folding up the card table and are taking down the tent, we’re looking at what things we want to concentrate on next. Being that ... Read more about this post

Mickey Thompson Remembered This past Thursday night, the combined efforts of  the NHRA Museum staff, the Thompson family, and Gale Banks Engineering … A lot of people got their first chance to exhale in almost twenty-two years. I’m one of them. Working for Mickey and Trudy was a true adventure.  Filling up large indoor and outdoor venues with thousands upon ... Read more about this post

Mickey Thompson Gets His Due The “Mickey Thompson: First American to 400 MPH” exhibit opens at the NHRA Museum in Pomona, California to an invitation-only crowd of over 250 people. By John Espino There was a very personal celebration last night of an innovator’s life and achievements: Mickey Thompson. The exhibit, simply titled “Mickey Thompson: First American to 400 MPH” opened at ... Read more about this post