Size Matters…The Banks Super-Turbo Detroit 60 Series powered Freightliner taught us a lot about high altitude diesel calibration running Pikes Peak in the skillful hands of owner Mike Ryan! Oh, by the way, with Mike’s lack of fear, this became the fastest Pikes Peak Semi, Ever!
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.
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Diesel racing on a gigantic scale: Gale Banks and Mike Ryan team up to tackle Pikes Peak in a Freightliner semitruck.
Gale Banks gets excited when he talks about the Super-Turbo Detroit Diesel engine setup he designed alongside his engineers for use in Mike Ryan’s Freightliner Pikes Peak race truck. Banks didn’t worry about taking on ... Read more
Gale Banks makes front page news, talking about racing, the military, and what it took to get where he is.
Gale Banks knows a thing or two about power.
And to say he’s had a profound effect on the U.S. auto industry would be an understatement.
His Azusa-based company, Gale Banks Engineering, is known for designing and selling ... Read more
Supercharger + Turbo = Pikes Peak record?
What is a Super-Turbo? It’s an engine with both a supercharger and a turbocharger attached, according to Gale Banks of Banks Racing.
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 ... Read more