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Episode #3: Turbocharging Jay Leno’s Tank Car Follow along with us as we take a behind-the-scenes trip through the Banks Advanced Prototype Engineering laboratory to view the magical transformation of a Cold War-era giant into a modern superpower. Read more about this post

Episode #2: Turbocharging Jay Leno’s Tank Car I’ve built twin turbo gasoline engines for boats, race cars & hot rods for over 40 years and nothing comes close to the fun I had turboing and fuel injecting Jay Leno’s 30 Liter V-12! Here’s episode 2 of a once in a lifetime build. Gale Banks Read more about this post

Episode #1: Turbocharging Jay Leno’s Tank Car Jay Leno does me favors, so I thought I’d even the score! I had no idea how much fun that would be! Gale Banks Read more about this post

When it Comes to Racers…We Roll Our Own! A friend asked for a race car sponsorship recently, but we usually don’t do that. When it comes to race cars, trucks or boats…it’s more fun to build and race our own! And, that way, if we do it wrong, win a race or set a record, it’s our own doing. When it comes to fuel, ... Read more about this post

Blowin’ Smoke Rings on Pikes Peak! Waaaay to much water/meth and here’s what you get…A Banks Super-Turbo Detroit blowing smoke rings on a tuning run up the mountain! What’s cool about this is you can see the time between the cylinders firing as Mike Ryan comes off the turn under full throttle. It’s a Meet Mr. Wizard moment! The photo is visual ... Read more about this post

There’s an Experiment Going on in Dyno Room 1 and it’s Not the Piece of Foam Dancing Around on the Dyno Room Floor! We’re doing some baseline runs in order to tune the WOT (wide open throttle) curves on our 427 V8 SBC (Small Block Chevy). This will ultimately be the Banks Twin-Turbo SBC that is going into something special that Hot Rod Magazine is working on to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the SBC.   Right now we are ... Read more about this post

Ok Folks, It’s Time For a Turbo History Lesson! Here’s our Banks twin turbo layout that was developed in our 67 Chevy panel truck, The White Tortilla. This picture is a slightly later version which used an R4 AC compressor which we added in 1977. The front drive is Banks as well and used V-belts. There was no Vintage Air and no flat belts ... Read more about this post

Fifty-six Years of Hanky Panky Here’s the Geisler-Vail & Banks, 53 Studebaker, on setup day at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show! The SCTA gave us the premier spot directly across from their display. The Stude is ready to run with a fresh 258″ Banks Blown, gasoline SBC, fresh off the dyno. I’ll bet that Raymond Lowey has been spinning in ... Read more about this post

Banks Power Does Motorhomes   Often when people think of Banks Power, they think of power improving products for diesel and gas trucks, Jeeps and even Volkswagen cars. Truth is we also offer some of the best power improvers for Class A and Class C motorhomes. Looking to improve the power and fuel economy of your big home on wheels? We ... Read more about this post

The Fight against The EPA´s Ban on Race Rigs Gains Steam! All of the trucks seen above started life as regular truck, off the assembly line. Converting a rig for racing is less costly than building one from the ground up and keeps the sport affordable for all. After the overreach of the EPA proposal to ban the conversion of street cars and trucks to race only ... Read more about this post