Banks Diesel-Powered S-10 Breaks 180 MPH in Quarter-Mile

Banks Sidewinder S-10

Oil-burners have never burned up the dragstrip like Gale Banks Engineering recently did with its Sidewinder S-10, the first diesel-powered pickup to hit 180 mph in the quarter mile, which it did in 7.7708 seconds. The barrier was broken over the weekend at the NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals in Wittman, Ariz.

The Sidewinder S-10 is powered by a Banks-built 6.6-liter GM Duramax V-8 diesel that's rated at 1,200 horsepower and 1,200 pounds-feet of torque. That's more than three times the stock motor's 365 hp and almost twice its 660 pounds-feet of torque. It's also equipped with a second turbo and nitrous-oxide boost system for optimal combustion, which is so efficient the truck runs smoke-free. Most diesel dragsters belch clouds of sooty black smoke.

Banks also designed a special engine control unit for the Sidewinder, which will be adapted for use in the company’s marine engines. Several other technologies and techniques used in the Sidewinder S-10 will be used in Banks’ Top Diesel Dragster soon.



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