World's Fastest: Banks twin-turbo Trans Am

Take a look back to 1986: Working with Pontiac, Banks Twin-turbo Trans Am sets new World's Fastest Passenger Car mark (268 mph). Raises mark to 283 mph in 1987 -- record stands for more than a decade. (visit for more info)

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The Boost Gauge is Dead to Me!
Here's a tease. I've got an engine on the Dyno and I've made four pulls. The first was naturally aspirated and the remaining three were ran with an identical twin turbo setup, running exactly the same 20 lbs of Boost. The engine made 580 hp without turbos. The three pulls at 20 lbs of Boost ranged from 1,044 to 1463 hp -- a 419 hp difference at the same Boost ... but not the same MAD (manifold air density). Actually when it comes to engines, there are three air density values that really count. They are; AAD (ambient air density), BAD (Boost air density) and MAD (manifold air density). If you're into forced induction and all you know is Boost...It's time to up your game! At Banks we've been supercharging since 1960 and turbocharging since 1965. We've wanted an instrument to measure MAD and all the rest but it didn't exist. So, we designed and patented one, eight years ago. Since then it's been a versatile and indispensable development tool on all our engine and vehicle programs. If you're into horsepower, take an hour to watch this, you won't be disappointed! Gale Banks

Intercoolers Don't Care—A Banks Power 360 Production
Diesel, Gasoline, Truck, Car, Boat, Sea Level, Pikes Peak...These Air Density machines can add hundreds of horsepower by chilling the Boost air. This is the first practice run on a series of videos about what the folks in our ACE (advanced concepts engineering) section are up to. It's something we will feed to you by email a few times a week. I'm shooting for tight 360 second segments, this practice piece ran a little long, my apologies! This will all be instructional and I've got 58 years worth of knowledge and some brand new stuff to share. I also intend to share my 360 series with shop instructors and the NHRA Motorsports Museum for our educational outreach. So, I'm not sellin' I'm just tellin' ! In return I'm asking that you tell me if you like this, please. Also, let me know your areas of interest. Leave a comment here, or you can check us out on Facebook. You can also get more stories and sign up for Banks Insider News here I promise they will be way better as we get into actual production. Gale Banks

Who the Hell is Gale Banks - The NHRA Winner's Circle tour - p...
Who The Hell Is Gale Banks? Well that's me and I'm a Gearhead. I must assume almost all of you know me as you have liked or followed me. However, you may not know my whole backstory, so I hope it's ok to share some of my 63-year Hot Rod Engine history with you. It's all centered around forced induction, you know; Blowers, turbos, and Intercooling! I don't get stressed about what fuel is used, I'll Hot Rod anything. The other day, The NHRA Museum Winners Circle members toured my shop and we videotaped me leading the tour of our facilities - here's Part 1 of that tour.

Who the Hell is Gale Banks - Stupid Fast in a Corvette - part 2
Pioneering The turbo Diesel Aftermarket Because We Went Stupid Fast In A '68 Corvette...Yep! The NHRA Motorsports Museum Winners Circle Tour