Gale Banks Engineering is contracted by N.I.S.T.A. in the Department of Transportation to develop the power train for its Large Research Safety Vehicle (L.R.S.V.) program. Banks-built powertrain for N.I.S.T.A. (Department of Transportation) meets 1985 emissions and fuel economy standards, eight years early.
Banks was contracted by N.I.S.T.A. to develop what became known as the Large Research Safety Vehicle (L.R.S.V.) Program. The finished vehicle used a Banks powertrain which consisted of a Lancia-Beta front drive system with low-mass wheels and low-restriction tires and was fitted with a Banks-developed turbocharged B21 engine. When finished, it met proposed 1985 fuel and emission standards.