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Talking Turbos Banks Returns to the Streets with a new Twin Turbo Kit The turbocharger has long been recognized as the most efficient form of supercharging. Without need for a belt or any other parasitic element to rob precious power, the exhaust-driven turbo is capable of providing boost for a minimal power price. The downside of running a ... Read more about this post

Turbo Terrors You can huff and puff and blow the competition away! The search for improved automobile engine power has been going on as long as enthusiasts have been tinkering with cars. There are a number of ways to increase an engine’s power output, but regardless of the method used, the end result must always be the same ... Read more about this post

Racing Into the Future Gale Banks Builds a Road-Racing Diesel Pickup Gale Banks is determined to prove that diesel engines are the most viable powerplant for the future of transportation. With more than 25 years of experience building the largest manufacturing company of performance products for diesel-powered vehicles in the world, Banks knows diesels. To further prove his point, Banks has ... Read more about this post

Twin-Turbo Revival: Part 2 Back to the Future: Fast-Forward Firebird Now for the kicker. Gale Banks recently pulled one of his original twin-turbo Firebirds out of mothballs, and it’s about to receive a Banks Revival twin-turbo small-block Chevrolet engine, and all the modern goodies to go along with it. Now, this isn’t just any ol’ ’84 Firebird—this one shows 15,000 ... Read more about this post

Twin-Turbo Revival: Part 1 The History and Evolution of the Gale Banks Engineering Twin-Turbo Chevrolet V-8s Shown is one of Banks’ original blow-through-design twin-turbo small-block Chevrolet engines. These first-design “production” twin-turbos went into Banks’ GT Firebirds and Camaros. The engines made 500, 600 or 700 hp, depending on the depth of the customer’s pockets. Unless you’ve been living in a cave ... Read more about this post

They Thought Diesels Were All About Fuel Economy…Until I Beat Them by a Mile How I Taught My Friends a Thing or Two About Diesel Performance When I told my buddies I was buying a diesel pickup, they thought I was out of my mind. Leave it to friends to tell you when they think your doing something stupid. They brought up every negative aspect they ever heard about diesels. Understand, ... Read more about this post

Banks Readies for 2004 Bonneville The Banks Race Shop makes preparations to break its own diesel truck land speed record at Bonneville Some years ago, I had a photo assignment at Willow Springs Raceway to shoot a new 904 Porsche with a 911 engine replacing the original, damn-the-cost, four-cam, bevel-drive unit. As an on-again, off-again Porsche enthusiast, I had convinced myself ... Read more about this post

Power Up Your V-10 We Found More Power and Better Fuel Economy When Testing Banks PowerPack System for the Ford 6.8L There are many aftermarket performance products that claim they can squeeze more power and fuel economy from you full-size Ford truck. No aftermarket manufacturer however, has the history of performance capabilities for these trucks as Gale Banks Engineering. In ... Read more about this post

Power Parts A Hard Look at 7.3L Diesel Performance with Banks Engineering There are relatively few absolutes in life — death and taxes being the obvious front-runners; the others that we occasionally hear about don’t always pass muster. In the last few years of automotive design progress, the obscene pulling power of today’s diesel engines has become a ... Read more about this post

Banks Sidewinder Turbo Ford 6.9/7.3L diesel trucks This new turbocharger kit offers sizzling power and improved fuel economy for dieselpowered trucks For trailerists, the double-edged sword of power vs. fuel economy is ever-present; producing more power usually takes more fuel. However, turbochargers can change the rules, especially for diesels. After 34 years in the engine-performance business and 24 years producing kits ... Read more about this post