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Pikes Peak 2013 - It Rained, It Snowed... We Raced!

RACE FOOTAGE

Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner

August 8, 2013

Truck did great. It rained and snowed later in the day when it was our time to race. So driver Mike Ryan couldn't go 100%, but he did an awesome job. Had to take it easy in the corners but hammered it in the straights. Next year, weather permitting, we will be back to destroy the record!

A couple things we'd like to point out... those spectators at 0:59 are crazy close to the track! And at 2:27 you can see that yes, it was indeed very wet up there when we ran.

 


 


Mike Ryan's thoughts about
the last year with Gale Banks

August 1, 2013 — Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan poses with a Gale Banks 866T engine I had met the well known and respected Turbocharger “guru” Gale Banks several times over the last few years. Always pleasant and openly generous, he at one point, several years ago, offered to “do something” as a sponsor. I hear that occasionally and am never sure how seriously to take people who say it, seemingly off the cuff.

Gale is the pre-imminent leader of the after-market turbo charger business in the US and has been for decades and the volume of solutions and products that he and his talented engineering team have developed is impressive.

Gale kept coming by our pits last year, checking out the truck and asking my crew questions about the truck. Gale stayed in touch over the fall with Bob Ball, our Engine builder at Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing Center in Cambridge Ohio and our Crew Chief Randy Simmons. Both of them would call or e mail me, excited that Gale was calling them and excited by what he was saying.

It takes a daring guy to think that he can improve on a Series 60 Detroit. If you perform proper maintenance, they will run a minimum of a million miles and often up to 1.4 million or so before they need a rebuild. Ours is a rebuilt marine version with a warrantied 825 HP. We’ve run it for 5 years and took the valve cover off last year, just to look inside and adjust the valves while we were in there. It needed nothing and it is a stock, off-the-line unit built with remanufactured parts. The only “trick” items are custom fuel injectors and an open ECU. Everything else is “bolt-on”

In 2008, Borg Warner and turbo engineer friend John Todd designed a compounding twin turbo system that according to them, put us well over 2,000 horsepower. John and Bob kept refining their tuning and in 2012, we set another record at Pikes Peak with that set up. So needless to say, when Gale Banks came up and said that he could make my engine run better, I thought that he might be full of hot expanding gases himself, but knowing his reputation a part of me wisely listened.

Throughout November and December, Bob and Randy were calling me several times a week, telling me that I needed to call Gale. My curiosity was rising, so I called, and after meeting with Gale, my skepticism waned.

Driving the truck at speed on Pikes Peak is the first best thing about this whole adventure for me. The other best thing is the people that are attracted to it, and not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine the talent that would bestow their knowledge and abilities on the truck. We work hard and spend a lot of time and money on it every year to make it perform better. Our crew does a great job that can be tracked by our performance at Pikes Peak, but every now and then, someone comes along and does something that makes a dramatic difference and this time it is Banks Power.

The truck is not quite optimized, there are still some significant gains to be had as prerace testing time was limited, but Matt Trainham and Bob Ball gave me more than enough to take a minute off of our last years record and our practice sessions show it, but race day wouldn’t allow it.

Race day morning weather was perfect and several new records were set, including the incredible performance of Sebastian Loeb who reduced the overall record by 1:33. Astonishing is not an exaggeration, an 8:13 on Pikes Peak is unimaginable.

The mountain often has it’s say and this year was no different. Two heavy rain storms blew through before our run, delaying the racing and allowing the course workers to bring down several cars ravaged and destroyed by the conditions.

I left the line on a wet course and overcast skies with conditions continually worsening the further I progressed. Running water carried sand and de-composed granite onto the course in many places, so I was never sure what would be around the next corner. The problem quickly went from not enough power to managing way more than I could use. The only analogy that seems to apply is “driving a 427 Cobra on an icy parking lot with big cliff’s on every edge”.

A sense of survival overcame the usual feelings of exhilaration as I crossed the finish line and “treacherous” is the only way that I can describe the race. What I am most grateful for is the drivability of the truck, even with all of the added power from the Banks Imagineering department. The truck was very controllable and predictable. Had it not been, seeing the finish line this year would have been very doubtful.

 


 


Update from the peak

Gale Banks talks about the moments at the starting line

7/1/2013

The 12.42 mile 156 turn Pikes Peak hill climb course rises from a start at 9400 ft to an altitude of 14,110 ft, gaining almost a mile in altitude. "Pikes Peak is the most dangerous race I've ever encountered and that's on a calm clear day", said Gale Banks. He continued, "but this was a day that pegged my danger gauge. Mother Nature was not happy with us, and after a few relatively good hours with records being set, she sent hail, snow and rain...lots of rain to ward us off!"

"But, Mike Ryan is one who must delight in twisting the tail of the Devil. As destroyed cars were coming off the mountain and rain squalls drenched the starting line Mike suited up and sat in the racer, determined to climb that mountain!"

"I opened the door and told him that I knew a record was not possible and not to risk his life trying, just get it to the top. I knew the mountain had already defeated some pretty experienced guys. He just looked down at me and said, 'thank you for that Gale.' The rain had degenerated to intermittent showers and sprinkles, Mike fired the engine, got the flag and was gone."

"I reflected on last year when Paul Dallenbach, left the line using all of the 1400hp my Turbos provided only to go off at 140 mph into the trees less than a mile later. I was standing with his father when the sound of the crash reached us, I can't describe that low and I never want to relive that day, even though it had a happy ending with Paul setting a new record in his class this year, before the storm arrived."

"As I watched his segment times pop up I realized that he was faster than at least half of the BMWs, Mustangs, and Porsches that had run earlier. Then as he approached the Radio Broadcast crew covering the race, the scream of the supercharger and roar of the exhaust coming out of the speakers was so extreme that the announcers were yelling to be heard as he ripped up the straight in front of them."

"I knew the course was wet but I never thought of the rocks and sand washing onto the road. Our full report will come in a few days and let my tell ya, the on car video tells the tale, when the going gets tough, Mike Ryan gets going !"

More to come soon!

 


 


Race update

6/30/2013

It started raining at the starting line and snowed then rained at the summit! When it reduced to sprinkles, we went!
Decomposed granite washing across the course in places, could not put the power down and the thing skated everywhere.

But Ryan still ran a 12:49 on a 12:39 record as his straightaway speeds were huge. Unfortunately 156 turns and the flooding prevailed. Next year we eat the Bear!

(videos and photos to come)

 


 


Video: About the build

Gale talks in depth about the Banks Super-Turbo and our work on the truck

June 29, 2013

This video goes deep inside the totally unique racing project with clear explanations on what Mike Ryan and Gale Banks set out to do—and how they planned to do it.

Mike Ryan's Banks Super-Turbo Pikes Peak Freightliner is unlike any other truck in the universe. The truck is equipped with a 14.0L Detroit Diesel 60 series engine with a compression ratio of 15-1 and a fuel redline of 2700 RPM. The body is constructed entirely of fiberglass and carbon fiber, even still weighing in at just over 5 tons. Like any well balanced race vehicle, it is a mid-engine design. This truck truly tests the merit of each and every one of its systems. Good acceleration requires a responsive engine, high speed requires massive horsepower and cornering and handling require extreme braking capability.

Mike Ryan's Freightliner is an ideal platform to validate the Super-Turbo concept as well as to test the varied uses of the Banks Straight-Shot, Double-Shot and Triple Shot Water-Methanol Injection System. The potential benefits include not only increased power, but also improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

 


 


Road Dog Radio

June 29, 2013

Gale joins hosts Zee Taylor and "The Rooster" on the Dave Nemo weekend show over on Sirius/XM channel 128. Gale talks about Mike Ryan's Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner and Pikes Peak.

Click here to download the audio. Please note that the file may take a while to load.

 


 


AutoWorld Radio

June 29, 2013

Gale Banks speaks with Bob Long about his preparations for Mike Ryan’s Freightliner semi that is about to compete in the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. And the discussion continues with more about our development of products for different OEMs to our current lineup of new products.

The podcast will be available
on Saturday, June 29th. Get it on iTunes.
(Release date 6/29/13 on his iTunes page)

or Click here to download the podcast. Please note that the file may take a while to load.

 


 


Video: Testing — The W's

Middle section testing on the mountain (the W's).

June 28, 2013 — Video credit: Serg Korchinskiy

Overnight, the team made tuning adjustments to the Super-Turbo and Mike now has more power than he has ever had. He unintentioally displayed all that power when he left over 200 feet of rubber on the road during his launch! This challenging week of testing and tuning has all been worth it. The truck is now dialed in and ready for race day. Tonight is Fan Fest, and tomorrow we do all our final preparations for Sunday. Fingers crossed for ideal race conditions. Pikes Peak, we are here to own you!

 


 


Pre-Race summary

Recounting the last few weeks that it took to get to the mountain!

June 27, 2013 — Photo credit: Serg Korchinskiy

It's been a long couple weeks leading up to this point, but the Banks Super-Turbo equipped Freightliner is ready for it's final practice day on Pike's Peak tomorrow (Friday).

We've made multiple test passes with the truck this week, as well as a couple off-mountain shakedown tests also.

Things got rolling on Monday at Tech Inspection, where the truck drew a huge crowd, effectively shutting down normal proceedings once it was fired and driven off of the transporter. Spectators, officials and competitors alike were overwhelmed by the scale of the vehicle and the complexity of the systems installed at Banks, not to mention the loud and unique sound of the engine. After receiving a thumbs-up from the race safety officials, Mike Ryan made a detour through the Scion FRS-sponsored test drive / test-drift course with the truck, under the auspices of 'scuffing in' the fresh set of tires on the truck. The ensuing clouds of smoke and wild tail-out driving exhibition both sent the Scion drivers back to the trailer and drew attention from the local paper, which picked a prime shot for the front page of the Sports section the following day.

Tuesday brought a rash of media appearances for Mike and the truck, as well as final updates to the data acquisition, boost control and water / water-methanol injection systems on the truck, which was still sporting heavy rubber deposits under the wing from the prior day's antics.

Wednesday was the first official day of practice on Pike's Peak, and the Open Class that the Freightliner currently competes in started on the upper third of the course, staging at Devil's Playground (just over 13,000 feet in elevation) and finishing at the summit of the mountain (14,110 feet). Steering component issues prevented the truck from making more than one pass, but even that single run generated detailed test data on the performance of the compounded Super-Turbo aircharging system at higher altitudes. Throttle and boost response, as well as soot output were much improved over prior years, with more performance to be had. At the end of practice, the truck made the trip back down the hill and repairs to the steering system were carried out in short order.

Thursday's practice session from the starting line (at an elevation of 9,400 feet) saw further improvements to the truck's aircharging system, with several previously unseen issues coming to light and getting corrected. Mike made three complete runs with no major problems, posting times within several seconds of his prior best, in spite of decreased performance from a boost pressure bypass valve that would occasionally not seat fully and cause a large boost air leak post-turbocharger. Off the line performance was much improved of the prior year's platform, with only a light haze of smoke exiting from the triple tailpipes as compared to the thick black clouds seen last year.

After practice ended, the truck headed back down the hill and the pesky boost bypass valve problem was corrected, which prompted the need for another shakedown session (conveniently garbed as another media event). The aircharging system was back to it's proper performance, allowing Mike to pitch the truck around the World Arena parking lot at will.

Final service work and system tweaks to the truck were completed later in the evening Thursday in preparation for the final practice session on the middle section of the track, which runs from Glen Cove (at 11,425 feet)up to Devil's Playground. This section of the course contains several of the slowest corners of the race, known as 'The W's' - they're a tightly packed set of curves, some of which approach 180 degrees, as the road climes quickly up the ridgeline from Glen Cove. In preparation for this, and based on performance during the prior practices, the rear axle ratio of the truck was changed to a higher numeric ratio to aid Mike in matching the engine output to track conditions. The supercharger drive ratio was also increased to allow for greater off-corner acceleration at the higher elevation levels where the oxygen molecule count in each cubic foot of air becomes increasingly scarce. Big thanks to the Fat Boyz Motorsports shop in Colorado Springs for the loan of tools, floorspace, man- and tractor-power, as well as expertise in making the rear axle gear ratio change. The massive rear gear differential / carrier assembly weighs several hundred pounds in this truck, and isn't a simple one-man replacement proposition.

The team is heading back up the mountain for practice at 0-dark thirty again tomorrow morning (3:30 AM to be pitted by 5:00, and ready to start practice runs at 6:00) - we'll send updates once we're back down to civilization.

Thanks for all of the support!

 


 


Video: Motorweek Exclusive

Gale Banks discusses Pikes Peak 2013 and the Banks Super-Turbo

June 27, 2013

Gale stopped by MotorWeek studios for an exclusive chat about our entry this year for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Watch the video to see Gale talk about what we have done to help Mike Ryan get up the mountain faster than ever in his monster sized Freightliner Big Rig. And don't forget to tune in Sunday to see the race live! We can't wait.

 


 


Red Eye Radio

June 27, 2013

Listen in as Red Eye Radio's Eric Harley and Gary McNamara interview Gale Banks and Mike Ryan to discuss Pikes Peak and the Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner.

The show aired live Friday June 28th, 2013 from Midnight to 5:00 am PDT

Download the iTunes Podcast Red Eye Radio 6/28/13 Part 2 (release date 6/28/13)
Or grab the MP3 version (right click, choose save link) and enjoy the show!
Mike and Gale begin at the 1:11 mark

 


 


Extreme Truckers Online

June 27, 2013

Listen in as The Extreme Truckers Show interviews Gale Banks, Mike Ryan and Mike McHorse (Freightliner) about our involvement with Pikes Peak and the Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner.

Aired live Thursday July 27th at 7:30 pm PDT

Check out their site to stream the show, or download the podcast to enjoy later!

 


 


Video: Testing — Lower section

Bottom section testing on the mountain (starting line to just below Glen Cove).

June 27, 2013 — Video credit: Serg Korchinskiy

Mike was able to complete three successful runs. Between each run, the team tuned the truck and it got progressively faster. Plus, with all the extra power supplied by the Banks Super-Turbo, we realized that the rear gears should be changed out to utilize all that power. All said and done, the team looks forward to tomorrows practice.

 


 


Great morning testing

June 27, 2013 — Photo credit: Randy Baker

Great morning at the Start line. We made 3 runs to just below the cove and turned in a 5:17. Matt, James and Bob continue to tune with their laptops and it gets faster every time that they do. — Mike Ryan

 


 


Video: Testing — Upper section

Upper section testing on the mountain (Devil's playground).

June 26, 2013 — Video credit: Serg Korchinskiy

Mike Ryan was only able to make one run today due to steering concerns. But it is already clear that the Banks Super-Turbo is much more powerful and working perfectly! If everything goes well and the weather permits, Mike will definitely demolish his record!

 


 


Video: Shakedown teaser

Mike Ryan's Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner testing at Irwindale Speedway

June 26, 2013

Here's a quick teaser of a video we are putting together from our recent shakedown testing over at Irwindale Speedway. Mike Ryan's Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner literally tore up the track, as well as a few sets of tires. And it was that testing that let us know that this beast was ready to ship off to Colorado. Stay tuned, and make sure to watch the race this Sunday as Mike Ryan gets his shot at breaking records again!

 


 


Extra, Extra!! Read all about it!

Look who made the paper. Had a little fun at the drift demonstration yesterday

June 25, 2013

Things got rolling on yesterday at Tech Inspection, where the truck drew a huge crowd, effectively shutting down normal proceedings once it was fired and driven off of the transporter. Spectators, officials and competitors alike were overwhelmed by the scale of the vehicle and the complexity of the systems installed at Banks, not to mention the loud and unique sound of the engine. After receiving a thumbs-up from the race safety officials, Mike Ryan made a detour through the Scion FRS-sponsored test drive / test-drift course with the truck, under the auspices of 'scuffing in' the fresh set of tires on the truck. The ensuing clouds of smoke and wild tail-out driving exhibition both sent the Scion drivers back to the trailer and drew attention from the local paper, which picked a prime shot for the front page of the Sports section the following day.

 


 


Quick update from Co. Springs

Mountain, we are here to conquer you!

June 24, 2013

Quick update from out in Co. Springs - got into town last night just as the sun was getting low, and the smoke was pretty heavy from the fires northeast and southwest of town - looked like a heavy fog day at the beach. Clear as a bell out right now, though - bright blue skies, temps tracking for low 90's. Should be good weather through race day on Sunday.

The truck got into town here Sunday - they ran straight through from when they picked the truck up at our shop. Went through tech inspection yesterday with no issues, aside from being absolutely mobbed by spectators, competitors, and officials. It drew a hell of a lot of attention, especially when Mike ran through the BRZ / FRS 'Learn to Drift' demo course at full tilt in it and blanketed the area in tire smoke.

After getting some time on the truck down here this afternoon to work up a baseline setup to practice with, we returned to our hotel. In the picture below, you can see the truck at rest outside our hotel, rubber up under the wing from our shenanigans today.

First on-hill practice will be tomorrow morning - 3AM wakeup call to hit the gate at 4, then runs from 6-8 AM before they open the road to the public. Same schedule for Thursday and Friday on different sections of the hill.

 


 


Gale Banks returns to Carcast

June 22, 2013

Gale Banks returns to talk turbo and gives both Adam Carolla and Matt D’Andria a sneak peek at his preparations for Mike Ryan’s Freightliner semi that is about to compete in the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb.

Gale shares with Adam his reasons for teaming with Mike Ryan, who is not only a professional race driver; he has been a stunt driver and stunt coordinator in the film and entertainment industry since 1977. The discussion continues with the thrill and lore of running the 12.4-mile “Race to the Clouds”, Banks Power products and capabilities featured on the Freightliner including the new Banks Super-Turbo, altitude compensating, forced air induction and control system plus Banks Straight-Shot Water Methanol Injection System. Gale and Adam also review the Ford Explorer with the EcoTech twin-turbo which Gale describes as being a perfect application for the Straight-Shot injection

click for the audio podcastThe podcast is available for download.
Get it on Adam's site or on iTunes.
(Release date 6/22/13 on his iTunes page)

Click here to download the podcast.
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On the road again… to Pikes Peak!

June 22, 2013

After all the successful testing these last few days, the truck is officially loaded up and headed out to Colorado. Once it gets there, our team will begin tuning and testing on the mountain to ensure Mike Ryan has the best chance possible to beat his record. And you'll be hard pressed to see anything bigger racing up that mountain this year!

 


 


Track Shakedown: Day 2

June 21, 2013

Day two went a lot better than yesterday. Tuning is getting closer as it puts out more power and a lot less smoke than yesterday. After a couple light runs to make sure everything was happy, Mike Ryan went to town hammering his Freightliner around the track to see if anything would break. And since this is his last day before the truck h`eads out for Colorado, now is the time to do it. After a long day of high-revving, tire burning beatings, Mike was happy with the truck and how it is performing. So it heads back the shop for one last inspection and adjustment before we load it on the trailer tomorrow to make its trek to Pikes Peak where we will begin tuning and testing the engine for it's big day on the mountain.

 


 


Track Shakedown: Day 1

June 20, 2013

For it's first run ever with the Banks Super-Turbo, this truck is running great! The team was ready to load it up on the trailer to get it to the track when Mike Ryan decided to drive it there instead! Wish we got some footage of that because it was incredible!!

So for it's first time out, Mike took it easy for the first part of the day while he rode around the track with Bob Ball (Detroit Diesel) sitting in the passenger seat tweaking the engine calibrations as they went. As the two of them got comfortable with how the truck was behaving, Mike began to give it a little more, until finally he was tearing around the track hammering that truck to work out any kinks. All in all it was a great success. A few minor items arose that needed to be addressed and our team here at the Banks Race Shop handled each of them and we will be back at the track tomorrow for another shakedown.

 


 


First Fire: Banks Super-Turbo

June 19, 2013

So what does a Banks Super-Turbo DD60 Freightliner sound like when it's fired up? How about a Jet engine! When we fired the Super-Turbo up today for the first time here in the shop, it was incredibly loud. Everyone had ear protection on! We fired it up a few times while the team checked and tested many of the components to make sure that it is healthy and ready to head out to the track tomorrow for some more serious testing. We can't wait to hear what this beast sounds like in it's natural habitat!

 


 


Big Bad Monster® Exhaust

June 18, 2013

When you feed an engine loads and loads of air, it has to blow it out somewhere. So our team of engineers set out to design the most efficient exhaust system that they could. What was the result? A Banks Monster Exhaust like no other ever seen before. This baby has three (3) pipes. Yes, that's right, three pipes. The main is for the exhaust gases, while the other two are connected to the two wastegates mounted on the exhaust headers. And with all the boost that this configuration can produce, there are also two blow-off valves located strategically to make sure this engine doesn't produce more boost than it needs.

 


 


Banks Ram-Air® to the max!

June 14, 2013

This truck is going to require lots of air in order to breathe properly. So when they said lets put one massive filter on the Freightliner, we said "Screw that! We're putting THREE!" In order to ensure that the engine isn't suffocated as it climbs the mountain, we engineered a custom intake that would allow more than enough cool dense air to enter into the Super-Turbo for maximum power.

And in order to help keep the temperatures as low as possible, and the air as dense as it can be, we installed our Banks Straight-Shot™ and Double-Shot™ systems in multiple locations including on the inlet for the supercharger.

 


 


Brake cooling for when it gets hot

June 13, 2013

Now these are some mean looking brakes for Mike Ryan's Banks Racing Freightliner! When you have as much power as he will at your disposal, you need to make damn sure you can stop! Installed are Meritor 4-piston air over hydraulic disc brakes, with 4-75mm pistons, 15.1-inch diameter rotors (17-inch diameter Bendix rotors to be installed on the front) and Fras-le brake pads. But what is the "coolest" part of this setup… the cooling setup! We installed our Banks Straight-Shot™ system on all four corners to keep these giant brakes cool during the race. And with 156 corners (13 of which are hairpins), these brakes are going to get hot!

 


 


New rubber

June 11, 2013

The new supercharger has arrived

Thought you might enjoy seeing just how big these tires are for Mike Ryan's Banks Racing Freightliner!! These are 445/50R225s and they are not cheap! Since these are custom Michelin XDA-HT High Torques hand made for this specific truck, we don't know just how much they cost (but the regular version runs about $1,000 each)!

The image shows a full-size stock Jeep tire next to the rear tire from the race truck.

 


 


Banks Super-Turbo takes shape

June 7, 2013

The new supercharger has arrived

Now that the Borg Warner S510 turbo is mounted, we can officially call this the Banks Super-Turbo!! (insert trumpet fanfare here)

Once the air passes through all of the components, we are expecting to see around 60-70 psi at the manifold. This combination could make 180 psi of boost at sea level. But we only intend to use quite a bit less. In fact, we only need half that to shatter the previous record.

Note: They ran a higher level of boost last year, but this setup we are designing will be far more efficient and require less boost pressure to deliver the desired density.

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Building the exhaust manifold

May 31, 2013

The new supercharger has arrived

As with any turbo setup, you need an exhaust manifold that works efficiently. And this build is no different. The team is in the shop working on an exhaust manifold that goes together in two pieces for easier installation/removal. And since the turbo is hard mounted to the engine itself, the manifold will connect with double slip fits that when heated up from the engine, will self seal, how cool is that!

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Now it's super!

May 26, 2013

The new supercharger has arrived

Now that all of the support pieces are gathered and assembled onto our mock-up engine, the team mounted the supercharger. As the build progresses, we are getting more and more excited for it's first fire!

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Prepping for the Supercharger

May 24, 2013

The new supercharger has arrived

Now that many of our custom designed pieces are starting to come together, our team of engineers have begun preparing for installation of the supercharger. Here you can see the shaft being assembled that will drive the rear-mounted supercharger from the pulley side of the engine.

Assembling some of the items for the build - Banks StraighShot tanks and Ram-Air filters

In order to prepare for mounting the supercharger to the engine, we have begun installing the custom mounts, gears and pulleys to accommodate the layout. Once all these parts are installed and working as designed, the next step will be to add the supercharger itself!

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Assembling some of the items for the build - Banks StraighShot tanks and Ram-Air filters

Superchargers require lots of parts!

May 22, 2013

So last time we updated in here, one of the new items we spoke about was the supercharger piece of the Banks Super-Turbo. As it turns out, there are a lot of parts required for this particular piece. The photo shows the parts we have gathered so far, and thats not to mention all the custom parts we have built and are still producing for this one of a kind custom project. Once we have completed producing and gathering all the necessary pieces, we will update you with more photos and details on how the build is going. Stay tuned for more!

 


 


New parts mean more fun!

May 10, 2013

The new supercharger has arrived

Assembling some of the items for the build - Banks StraighShot tanks and Ram-Air filtersAs the build progresses, more parts are coming together. The supercharger part of the Banks Super-Turbo is starting to develop. Not to mention the Banks StraightShot injection (full race version) system that will be installed including multiple pumps, nozzle arrays and solenoids feeding into various stages of the airstream to optimize the power. And to allow this beast to breathe (3,000+ CFM potential), a custom airbox with three separate air filters (yes 3) is being built to make sure we do not lose air flow at high altitude. There's plenty more to come and we will keep you posted as the build progresses!

 


 


Work has begun

April 29, 2013

Work has begun on the Freightliner here at Banks Racing

Now the real fun begins. Our team here at Banks Power has been tearing down the Freightliner in order to begin our work to turn this truck into a real beast. The most noticeable change will be the addition of a Banks Super-Turbo (not to mention a whole host of Banks modified goodies) which will give Mike Ryan more power to play with.

 


 


Watch live on Race day - June 30th

April 23, 2013
www.ppihc.com

PPIHC and Red Bul Media House

The best way to experience the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is in person. Not everyone can make it out, and if we all could, we wouldn't all fit on the mountain! So for the rest of us, PPIHC is teaming with Red Bull Media House to bring the event to us. Race fans will be able to follow the event live with their computer or smart phone. For more information, visit PPIHC's website…


Source: www.ppihc.com

 


 


Coming home: The fun begins!

After a short series of shows, the Freightliner Cascadia
returns to Banks Race Shop to begin work on the Banks Super-Turbo engine.

April 9, 2013

Coming home to the Banks Race Shop to begin the transformation.

After a short run of shows across the country, the Freightliner Race Truck has returned to our race shop here in Azusa, CA. Now our race team will begin the tear down and design for the new Banks Super-Turbo engine that will power this beast up Pikes Peak this June. Stay tuned for more as the build progresses.

 


 


Mid-America Truck Show

March 22, 2013

Banks Power and Mike Ryan Motorsports take on Pikes Peak

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Banks Power and Mike Ryan Motorsports take on Pikes Peak

Freightliner Cascadia Race Truck to Debut at Mid-America Trucking Show

March 19, 2013

Banks Power and Mike Ryan Motorsports take on Pikes Peak

Azusa, California  (March 19, 2013) — Gale Banks and Mike Ryan are two men who know how to set records. This June 30th, at the Pikes Peak Annual Hill Climb, they plan to do just that! In their ongoing motorsports program, Banks Power has partnered with Mike Ryan to add Banks Racing equipment to Ryan’s Freightliner Cascadia racer. The Freightliner is debuting at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, March 21-23. Mike Ryan has raced a Freightliner Class 8, at the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb, since 1997. The addition of Banks Racing equipment will ensure that Ryan has a good chance at setting a new world record, at this year’s 12.4-mile “Race to the Clouds.”

“I’m pumped up about this opportunity to partner with Mike on his latest Freightliner race truck,” Gale Banks said. “Mike is the master in Class 8 motorsports and I’m proud to run with him. Everyone at Banks believes we can help take Mike’s Detroit Diesel powered Freightliner to the next level.”

Banks intends to install their Banks Racing; Ram-Air® intake, TechniCooler® intercooler and intercooler spray system, StraightShot™ multistage-multipoint water injection system, Banks iQ Man-Machine Interface (MMI), Banks SpeedBrake™ system, and Monster® exhaust. The crowning touch, according to Banks, will be the addition of their new Banks Super-Turbo, altitude compensating, forced air induction and control system.

Mike Ryan and Gale Banks Engineering engineRyan is not only a professional race driver; he has been a stunt driver and stunt coordinator in the film and entertainment industry since 1977. He has worked on over 500 feature films, television shows and commercials, including such hits as “Terminator II” and “Fast & Furious 5 & 6”.

“Gale and I have known each other for many years,” Ryan said. “I’ve always been impressed with his engineering expertise and motorsports success. They possess the ability to take the truck to the next level and validate every improvement along the way that few other companies could ever match.  I’m very excited about teaming with him and his company in this year’s competition.”   

Mike Ryan’s, Banks enhanced, Detroit Diesel powered Freightliner Cascadia will be seen at various trade shows and drifting events in addition to competing at this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb. 

For additional information please visit the following:
Banks Power bankspower.com,
Mike Ryan mikeryanmotorsports.com ,
Pikes Peak ppihc.com

 


 


This time we "go big"!

March 15, 2013

Artist rendering for the new design

Preparing for race season is going to include a lot of changes to the Freightliner Cascadia race truck. But before we can begin any of that, we needed to prepare for a few shows. So the team here at Banks frantically worked to get some new skin on the truck to prepare it for the limelight. Once it comes back to our Race Shop, the fun will really begin!

Installing the new wrap

All done! Gale Banks and Mike Ryan standing next to the finished piece

 

In the media…

Truck Trend

Truck Trend

Supercharger + Turbo =
Pikes Peak record?

July 2, 2013 — What is a Super-Turbo? It's an engine with both a supercharger and a turbocharger attached, according to Gale Banks of Banks Racing. His team of aftermarket experts has designed a Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine using both kinds of forced induction to help racer and world-famous stuntman Mike Ryan take a shot at breaking a world record at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. We got a chance to see the truck at Irwindale Speedway during its first ever run since getting an engine transplant and lots of other interesting upgrades, including multiple waves of water/methanol injection and water-cooled brakes.

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AutoWeek

Truck Trend

Gale Banks, Mike Ryan
and the Super-Turbo

June 24, 2013 — When 14 liters and two turbos aren't enough, add a supercharger… and a bunch of other stuff.

He had added various turbochargers and intercoolers and was having a pretty good time racing it, often in a class by himself. Then last year, after a few troubles at Pikes Peak, he met diesel-tuning guru Gale Banks.

“I said to Mike, 'Why not put the Super-Turbo in it?” Banks recalled…

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Videos

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About the build

About the build
June 29, 2013 —This video goes deep inside the totally unique racing project with clear explanations on what Mike Ryan and Gale Banks set out to do—and how they planned to do it.


Video:

Wet roads
June 30, 2013 —Even though it rained and conditions were not ideal, Mike Ryan took his run anyway. Couldn't push it too hard on the corners but made up for it in the straights.


Video:

Clean launch
June 28, 2013 —After extensive tuning and testing, the Banks Super-Turbo is running clean. Last year this truck was belching out loads of smoke.


Driver Mike Ryan
Mike Ryan poses with a Gale Banks 866T engine

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Mid-America Truck Show
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Earlier work

Video:

Size Matters

SIZE MATTERS
Mar 31, 2011— Drifting a high horsepower 3,000 pound sports car… easy. Try it in a 10,000 pound purpose built Semi Truck… not so easy. Racer / Stunt Man Mike Ryan has driven this truck to 12 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Championships and decided it's time to show his skills and the capabilities of his race truck on the original Gymkhana location at El Toro Marine Base in CA ala Ken Block. Watch as Mike pushes his drift truck to the limits. This film is a BANDITO BROTHERS PRODUCTION…



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