February 14, 2008
Wittmann, Ariz. (Feb. 21) — The Banks Sidewinder S-10 diesel drag truck, the world's quickest and fastest, dipped into the 7.80s with a run of 7.89 at 173.51 mph in testing before heading up to Bakersfield, Calif., for Diesel World magazine's Crude Drags 2 event.
(Feb. 21, 10:46 a.m.): The BankSpeed race team has run an out-of-the-box 7.98 at 170.789 mph in testing at Speeworld Dragstrip in Wittmann, Arizona, with a brand-new engine in the world's quickest (7.96 in December testing) and still fastest drag truck! The Chevy S-10's upgraded 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V-8 is equipped with a Banks-engineered electronic nitrous controller for the single-stage nitrous system, helping the S-10 approach 1,200 horsepower in its present configuration. The team plans to make several more runs throughout the day before packing up and heading over to Bakersfield. We'll keep you posted!
(Feb. 21, 12:50 p.m.): Team Banks bettered its personal-bests to date with a run of 7.94 seconds at 172.85 mph in what is going to be a jam-packed day of testing in preparation for Saturday's Crude Drags 2 event in Bakersfield.
(Feb. 21, 2:09 p.m.): We're knocking on the door of the .80s. The Banks Sidewinder has clocked an amazing 7.915 in the desert.
(Feb. 21, 3:24 p.m.): We did it! The S-10 is officially in the 7.8s with a quarter-mile blast of 7.89 at 173.51 mph. We're calling it good!