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2,200 horsepower in our APBA K-Jet program The boat groups are asking me about the early turbo work at my company, so here are some engine visuals from the 1970’s. There’s been some dialog about our power output with turbos compared to others at that time. I’m covering the whole story in my series, “Turbocharging is the life for me”. But I ... Read more about this post

Another Hooniverse Podcast with Gale Banks So I did my second Hooniverse podcast with Jeff and Chris yesterday! It goes up next Wednesday August 5th. These guys Rock and they tolerated my alacrity and choice of subject. We talked about Turbos, my Straight-Shot water/meth injection, cold Ram-Air, intercoolers and other air density machines, plus our AutoMind, diesel and gas tuning. We ... Read more about this post

Waving the Checkered Flag As one of the original members of the Checkered Flag 200, I’ve gladly supported the Petersen Automotive Museum for 22 years. Currently the Petersen is undergoing a makeover… it’s a makeover of the highest order, and today I was invited to come over and see how it’s going. We all met in the Petersen Boardroom and ... Read more about this post

91-06 Jeep Wrangler Sidewinder Turbo System Want to gain +102 hp & +121 lb-ft with a bolt-on kit? Well now you can with the Banks Power Banks Sidewinder® Turbo plus Intercooler Want to read more about the benefits of this system? Here’s a teaser: For more information, feel free to check out     Read more about this post

Fat Motor inna Little Truck A friend just asked me about my Blown Diesel Shop Truck. It’s a swap based on a Chevy 454 SS, here’s his post. “How about more info on that engine swap!!! I ready to see some performance numbers from that whipple diesel. The next swap: Maybe a big block twin turbo in that shop truck. I mean ... Read more about this post

Turbocharging Is The Life For Me: Part 2 Back in the 60’s, there were no examples of marine turbocharging at the level I had in mind and, no books on the subject. However, there was Indy and the Offenhauser Racing Engine. In those days, California Indy Car builders, ruled Indy, with our home grown Offenhausers providing the power. I thought, it’s a long ... Read more about this post

We’ve got a new project at Banks Engineering This bad boy just rolled in this morning and we’ve got some major “sidewinder” plans for it (rubbing hands together like a mad scientist). We’re not allowed to spill the beans yet, but we do plan on having some fun with the project as well as documenting the work in progress. But to give you ... Read more about this post

Turbocharging is the life for me: Part 1 My Dad was Irish and German.., talk about internal conflict. In the early 50’s we built a house. I measured, he cut and we framed. We brought it out of the ground together and we roofed it together. He was a perfectionist and the house was perfect. Except the time he tried to kill me ... Read more about this post

My Memories of Bonneville Are All a Blur Before there was drag racing… Before there was NASCAR… Before there was off-road, Baja, SODA, SCORE… Before there was road racing, IMSA, Trans-AM, Formula One, FIA… Before there were Indy cars, sprinters, midgets, hobby stocks, rally cars, Pikes Peak, Destruction Derby and the World of Outlaws. Before there were Mears, Unsers, Andrettis, Foyt and Barney ... Read more about this post

Unholey Water I have a dear friend, his name is David Kennedy, he works at Hot Rod Magazine. We met for breakfast this morning, we do this occasionally. The time never fits the conversation available, but each subject is always treated with due respect. Today I committed to sharing some knowledge, in the magazine, on two of my ... Read more about this post