Project Syclone

1990 Syclone LSR — World Record 204.145 mph

“Banks team of Bonneville veterans’ fine-tuned race strategy tweaked the truck to top performance. It put GMC in a very exclusive club. When you consider they took a stock, compact pickup with a stock engine, using only modifications that are available off-the-shelf today — Banks adapted that truck and made it capable of going over 200 mph, that is quite an achievement…Two attempts. Two records.” —Assault on the Salt (television)

Despite the aerodynamics of a brick, the Banks – GMC Syclone pickup truck topped 210 mph. The Syclone was equipped with a Gale Banks naturally-aspirated, intercooled, fuel-injected 5.0L V6 engine, and became the World’s Fastest Pickup and the first pickup to exceed 200 mph at the time. Banks prepared, operated and maintained the 535 hp S-15, smashing two land speed records, and breaking the previous record by more than 60 mph. Two clones of the S-15 were built for drag racing, fathering the pro stock truck category in NHRA.

“Banks is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on turbocharging technology for diesel and gasoline engines. Banks has worked directly with the Big Three automakers in product development and has even been called upon to head up several speed and racing campaigns, including a GMC Syclone that ran more than 200 mph at Bonneville.” —Sport Truck

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