a press release could be described as breathless, this would be the
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!
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
test took place at the NHRA-sanctioned Speedworld Dragstrip in