Banks Sidewinder D-Max Type-D Breaks 8-Second Barrier in Quarter Mile
Source: Mike Levine and Banks Power Press Release Posted: 12-18-07 19:03 PT
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If ever a press release could be described as breathless, this would be the one.

Gale Banks and his team of supernatural diesel tuners from Azusa, California just busted the record for the quickest quarter-mile in a diesel pickup truck. The Banks Sidewinder D-Max Type-D ran the length in an astonishing 7.96-seconds at 167.34-mph!

Banks also owns the FIA World Record for the fastest diesel pickup ever - a 217.306 two-way "flying mile" run that took place at Bonneville on October 19, 2002.

The D-Max Type-D started life as a rolling chassis 2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck. Banks modified a 2006 vintage Duramax V8 diesel engine with custom twin turbos and modified Bosch common-rail fuel-injectors and stuffed the 1000-horsepower plus monster motor under the S-10's raked hood.

Banks Press Release:

Wittmann, Arizona December 18, 2007 - - "We were just at the
strip to test a new torque converter set-up; but the clocks told us that
we were going even quicker and faster than we did a month ago when
we set a new record in Las Vegas," said a beaming Gale Banks. "I
couldn't be more proud of this team and their accomplishment."

Turning an astonishing 7.96 seconds at 167.34 miles an hour, the
Duramax-powered Banks Sidewinder S-10 became the first diesel truck
into the sevens on only its fifteenth and fastest-ever pass down a
quarter mile drag strip.

The S-10 ran this new record with the same road-racing specification
engine that it used at the ACDelco Nationals. A new (stronger) drag
race specification engine is on the engine stand at Banks right now.

This test took place at the NHRA-sanctioned Speedworld Dragstrip in
Wittmann, Arizona.

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