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Banks Power Water-Methanol Injection System Install Banks Power Ramps Up The Tuning Possibilities. Injecting water and/or methanol into a diesel engine (gas, too) has been around for more than 75 years, but it didn’t really have a good, practical application until WWII, when supercharged and turbocharged airplanes used the mix to boost horsepower by at least 50 percent. Sometimes called “chemical intercooler”, the ... Read more about this post

2007 BMW 335i Dyno Test Banks water-methanol injection and Cobb tuning Accessport tested on a BMW 335i. California is known for its sunny beaches, Hollywood lifestyle and terrible gas, especially in the winter when the percentage of ethanol increases. So when Sig Jamison, the owner of this ’07 BMW 335i, was preparing to ship his car from the East Coast, he ... Read more about this post

Birth of a Super-Turbo Diesel racing on a gigantic scale: Gale Banks and Mike Ryan team up to tackle Pikes Peak in a Freightliner semitruck. Gale Banks gets excited when he talks about the Super-Turbo Detroit Diesel engine setup he designed alongside his engineers for use in Mike Ryan’s Freightliner Pikes Peak race truck. Banks didn’t worry about taking on ... Read more about this post

Jeep Wrangler Banks Power Sidewinder Turbo System Install Go Toad: Adding Some Much Needed Power to the Jeep Wrangler with a Banks Sidewinder Turbo System. It’s unknown (to us at least) how many of us RVers tow a Jeep behind our motorhomes, but we’re sure it’s just got to be the majority. Seems just about every rig we see on the road that’s flat ... Read more about this post

Diesel Engine Mastermind Gale Banks Turning Talents Toward Class 8 Trucks Gale Banks has had his way with everything from Model A’s to streamliners, and now he’s set his sights on improving the performance of big rigs. He’s been called the “master of turbochargers” and a “turbo and diesel guru.” And now – after masterminding more than 50 years of engineering milestones – Gale Banks is turning ... Read more about this post

The Science of Intercoolers Intercoolers have been around for a long time. In automotive and aircraft use, they’re used to reduce the intake charge temperature on turbocharged and supercharged engines. The diesel using community is more familiar with turbochargers and intercoolers than the gas community as a whole. Turbochargers use the (usually wasted) energy of your exhaust to spin ... Read more about this post

UNPARALLELED POWER When engines are so strong they can even make a HMMWV move quickly, you know Gale Banks is behind them. HE’S AN ENGINE MASTERMIND. Gale Banks knows how to give any engine more power. Which probably explains why the military called on him when it decided to upgrade its HMMWVs to make them safer, more powerful and ... Read more about this post

Automotive legend has changed the face of the industry Gale Banks makes front page news, talking about racing, the military, and what it took to get where he is. Gale Banks knows a thing or two about power. And to say he’s had a profound effect on the U.S. auto industry would be an understatement. His Azusa-based company, Gale Banks Engineering, is known for designing and selling ... Read more about this post

Banks 4.0L Sidewinder Turbo system The goal of the Banks Power 4.0L Sidewinder Turbo system was to improve low- and mid-range torque for increased power on the trail and improved drivability on the pavement. Did they get it right? We’ve spent countless hours driving 4.0L-equipped Jeeps, chiefly in Wrangler TJs, Cherokee XJs, and a Grand Cherokee WJ. They’ve all been great ... Read more about this post

Semi Truck: Banks Freightliner Super Turbo Pikes Peak Truck Supercharger + Turbo = Pikes Peak record? What is a Super-Turbo? It’s an engine with both a supercharger and a turbocharger attached, according to Gale Banks of Banks Racing. What is a Super-Turbo? It’s an engine with both a supercharger and a turbocharger attached, according to Gale Banks of Banks Racing. His team of aftermarket experts has ... Read more about this post