View Full Version : Banks Sidewinder - World's Fastest Pickup Truck
10-23-2002, 06:42 PM
Gale Banks Engineering is pleased to announce that the Banks Sidewinder is now the World's Fastest Pickup Truck. <br><br>Try getting a pickup truck, with the aerodynamics of a brick, to go 222 MPH with a diesel engine. Banks did, and kept it street legal too. <br><br>If you’ve never extensively modified a vehicle for performance, including a major engine and drivetrain swap, construction of a safety/chassis roll cage, and complete revision and replacement of the suspension, then you can’t imagine the amount of work required. Add a complete engine upgrade program, and all of the special equipment required for a Land Speed Record attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and the task becomes monumental. It takes the resources and knowledge of companies like Cummins Engine Company, New Venture Gear, Wilwood Engineering, the Progress Group, and of course, Gale Banks Engineering to create a vehicle like the Project Sidewinder Dakota. Even so, after a year of preparation, the vehicle wasn’t declared “race ready” until midnight, Oct.16th, at the Banks Race Shop in Azusa, California. The World Finals had already begun earlier that same day at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, some 700 miles away. <br><br>In decidedly non-racer-like fashion, the street-legal Sidewinder arrived on the salt early Thursday afternoon, not on a trailer, but pulling its own spare parts trailer. The crew simply replaced the street wheels and tires with the racing wheels and tires to ready the world’s first diesel sport truck for technical inspection and its qualifying runs. The goal was for the Sidewinder to become not only the world’s fastest diesel pickup, surpassing the existing record of 159.647 MPH, but to also set the Land Speed Record for the world’s fastest pickup, gas or diesel, regardless of class. That would require a two-way average over the 204 MPH pickup speed record already set by Banks. In 1990, Banks earned recognition with the Banks/GMC Syclone turbocharged V-6 as the first pickup to exceed 200 MPH and as the world’s fastest pickup with a flying mile speed of 210.069 MPH in IMSA speed trials, followed by runs at Bonneville, so this was familiar territory. <br><br>Friday dawned clear and cool – ideal weather conditions and the salt was perfect. Driver licensing rules required two runs with a speed between 150 and 200 MPH. Driver Don Alexander cautiously made his first licensing run at 172 MPH. Then, within the hour, Alexander made a second run at 192 MPH. That established an average of 182.613 MPH for a new diesel pickup BNI and FIA International Land Speed Record – not bad for the first day – especially for a street-legal truck that drove in off the street pulling a trailer! <br><br>Saturday was another perfect day on the salt. After reviewing the Sidewinder’s on-board data acquisition information from Friday, tuning adjustments were made for additional qualifying runs. In this racing tune, the Cummins 5.9L turbo-diesel was producing over 1300 ft.-lb. of torque. On the first qualifying run, the official timing clocks malfunctioned, although they did record an exit speed at the end of the course of 220.422 MPH. The clocks did work properly on the second qualifying run, recording a measured mile at 218.593 MPH and an exit speed of 222.139 MPH! A return run at 216.034 MPH provided an average of 217.314 MPH for another BNI and FIA International record. <br><br>Sunday morning, the Banks crew prepared the Sidewinder for yet another run. Part way through that run, the engine’s massive torque overwhelmed the rearend ring and pinion gear set, actually twisting off the pinion gear. Even with the gear failure, the Cummins-powered Dakota still recorded a 209 MPH clocking. When averaged with the 217 MPH speed from Saturday, another BNI National Land Speed Record of 213.583 MPH established the Sidewinder as both the World’s Fastest Diesel Pickup and the World’s Fastest Pickup! <br><br>Banks and Cummins aren’t through yet. Plans are already being made to return to the salt in 2003 with a stronger ring and pinion gear set. In the meantime, Project Sidewinder will be tested on the drag strip, on road race courses, and on the toughest test track of all, the street. It’ll also be making show appearances, such as at the 2002 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Sidewinder is well on its way to redefining the perception of diesels and diesel performance. It is the world’s first, and fastest, diesel sport truck! <br><br>Through the Banks Race Shop, Sidewinder products for the Cummins engine will be available in near future. <br><br>Check out all the construction, preparation details and photos at Banks Sidewinder (http://www.bankspower.com/Banks_Sidewinder.cfm). <br><br>Rich Shahoian <br>Marketing Manager <br>Gale Banks Engineering <br><br><br>http://www.bankspower.com/Banks-Sidewinder.jpg
10-23-2002, 06:47 PM
I think this whole project is very cool. I'm going to sticky this post for a few days.. <br><br>Jack
Yes,VERY COOL INDEED.Alot of people have different opinions on stuff.But at least this was accomplished in a CUMMINS POWERED DODGE :) ;) :D ...Doug
10-23-2002, 10:06 PM
Congrats to the Banks team.<br><br>Wish my old Dakota looked like that. :o
10-24-2002, 06:49 AM
Ah, that ain't nothin, I passed him on the interstate yesterday.<br><br>No wait, I was the camera truck keeping ahead of him to get the shot. ;D<br><br>No wait, this is really the truth. ;D<br><br>
10-24-2002, 06:54 AM
Sunday morning, the Banks crew prepared the Sidewinder for yet another run. Part way through that run, the engine’s massive torque overwhelmed the rearend ring and pinion gear set, actually twisting off the pinion gear.
It would be [laugh] to see the dealer try to file a warranty claim for that one.
BTW-Good Job......What's next, the speed of sound? ;)
10-24-2002, 10:53 AM
Not a huge Banks fan here, but, does this mean there may be a partnership of some sort developing that Cummins will support for new truck deliveries in the future.
10-24-2002, 03:11 PM
First off, that's amazing that a pickup, especially a CUMMINS powered pickup, could run that fast, and still remain streetable. Second off, it was a CUMMINS. Not a Duracrap or Powerchoke.
10-24-2002, 04:57 PM
With a truck like that, I could get to work before I leave my house!
I wonder how it would do pulling a 5er? [laugh]
10-24-2002, 07:02 PM
Rich,<br><br>Can you tell us about some of the changes that were made to produce the HP required to det the record?
10-25-2002, 02:00 AM
<br>First off, that's amazing that a pickup, especially a CUMMINS powered pickup, could run that fast, and still remain streetable. Second off, it was a CUMMINS. Not a Duracrap or Powerchoke.<br><br><br>They setup they used for the record is not how they run it on the street. They change to a smaller turbo.......and I would hope they change the gear ratio ;)<br><br>But yes its a neat lil truck.
10-25-2002, 09:27 AM
StakeMan,<br>The engine is a new generation 24-valve, the same that is in the 2003 model year Dodge Ram truck. We received a race prepped engine from Cummins that made 393 horsepower on our dyno. We did an extensive amount of work to the cylinder head, intake manifold, camshaft and turbo to get it up to about 715 horsepower and over 1200 lb/ft of torque. Then the engine was stuffed into the Dakota that has had a lot of suspension work and race preparation done to it. The transmission is a New Venture Gear 5600 6-speed manual, just like those that come in the Dodge Ram, with a McLeod dual disc clutch. The rear end is a quick-change rear end which allows us to change the gear ratio to target different speeds and set the truck up for different racing venues. We used water to air intercooling for the runs at Bonneville, but switch to an air to air intercooler for street driving. The turbo is the same both on the street and at Bonneville, but it is a variable geometry turbo, which is unique to this project.<br><br>Peter Treydte<br>Director of Technical Communications<br>Banks Power<br>
10-25-2002, 09:41 AM
<br>The turbo is the same both on the street and at Bonneville, but it is a variable geometry turbo, which is unique to this project.<br><br>So your staying with the HY55 on the street as well? Just for grins whats the ballpark price figure on somethin like that? I know the VGT HX40 is $2500 or so at least. <br><br>Decided against the HY40? Is there any reason why?
10-25-2002, 05:52 PM
WOW, a big congrats to Gale Banks Engineering!
10-25-2002, 06:39 PM
CONGRATS!! and Welcome to the site Rich & Peter,<br> What an awesome truck and accomplishment. Give me a call if you ever need a substitute driver. ;D I'll be glad to help ya'll out! ;D [laugh]
10-25-2002, 07:04 PM
Rattlin:<br><br>I thought you broke that barrier towing the 5er up Afton past that V10. ;D<br><br>Maybe I got my stories mixed up, could be the 5.9s. [eyecrazy]<br><br>Got my tounge over my eye teeth and can't see what I'm sayin. [laugh] Got my mords wixed up.
10-25-2002, 07:16 PM
KatDiesel,<br>At this point is seems that the HY55 is going to give us pretty good response on the street. I can’t even begin to give you a ballpark idea of cost.<br><br>Peter Treydte<br>Banks Power<br>
Lary Ellis (Top)
10-25-2002, 07:19 PM
Ok I admit that thing would look mighty puurrttyy in my garage!. Rich & Pete thanks for sharing that stuff with us! Oh and excuse my manners Welcome to the site!
10-25-2002, 07:23 PM
I would love to drive it once although not with the pedal to the metal. I'm not near coordinated enough for that any more. She's definately bad to the bone. And cool..........<br>I bet once them tires hook up, the 1200 foot pounds would put you head somewhere near the tail gate.
Lary Ellis (Top)
10-25-2002, 07:32 PM
<br>I would love to drive it once although not with the pedal to the metal. I'm not near coordinated enough for that any more. She's definately bad to the bone. And cool..........<br>I bet once them tires hook up, the 1200 foot pounds would put you head somewhere near the tail gate.<br>Tell ya what DD4x4 How bout we go find that thing and you can drive it to my house ;D [laugh]<br> ok guys just kidding!
10-25-2002, 07:36 PM
Just as long as you pay the fuel bill. ;D
Lary Ellis (Top)
10-25-2002, 08:23 PM
I wonder if the wife would miss her jewelry ;D
10-28-2002, 01:40 PM
<br>I wonder if the wife would miss her jewelry ;D<br><br><br>Top: nah, go ahead, lets go for it. As fast as that truck is, whe'll never catch us.
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