The guys at TruckTrend.com have posted a number of past articles about some of our ongoing gearhead adventures at Banks Power. To that I can only say, ok Truck Trend, I hear you!
At Banks, we’ve been paying strict attention to our military engine programs, to the exclusion of our racing, for a number of years now, and that’s a good thing! We have won a very large engine supply contract and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished…but let me tell you about the stories the Truck Trend Guys are posting.
Let’s start with our road race GMC, The Sidewinder Type R. The Banks Sidewinder Type R is the world’s first roadracing diesel pickup. I recollect that we started the build in 2006, the idea was to run NASA endurance races. Our Road Race Duramax turned slow compared to gasoline racing engines and we wanted to gear for 185 mph straightaway speeds. With only 4800 rpm on tap, that required a large quick change rear end. We had enough torque coming out of that LLY, to break all the road race and NASCAR transmissions available and after qualifying 3rd at Button Willow, on our first outing against proven NASA road racers, we killed that big quick change on the first lap. It was very frustrating so we pulled the engine and put it in our Pro Stock Drag Truck, took it out and set a record. In the meantime the Weismann Brothers have built us two transmissions that should do the job and we have fitted a stronger NASCAR type rear end and displayed it in the NHRA Motorsports Museum at Pomona, Ca.
Now we just need to get it out of the Museum and work out the paddle shift electronics for the new Weismann gearboxes. But first we have a Diesel Top Dragster program to finish.
Here’s a story by Steve Temple written as we were first shaking out the handling. The entire truck including the carbon fiber body was built in the Banks Race Shop. When we next run this project the power will be closer to 900hp and the rpm closer to 6000 rpm. Expected top speed will be well above 205 mph geared for longer straights at some NASA events.
I hope you enjoy Steve’s article,
Front view shows twin Banks Ram-Air systems feeding cold high density air from behind the grill to the Twin Sidewinder Turbos. The lip spoiler adjusts to get the proper downforce for the track you’re running at the time.