Banks/Ryan Super-Turbo Freightliner Nears Completion
Preparing for Pikes Peak
Diesel Power staff was on-hand to catch this video at the Banks/Ryan Pikes Peak Freightliner pre-race Media Day in Irwindale on Friday, June 21. Diesel Power was also invited to jump aboard with Mike Ryan in the Banks Super-Turbo semi for some high-speed drifting. How's that for an exciting Friday!
Stunt driver and professional racer Mike Ryan (of Mike Ryan Motorsports) and diesel mega-player Banks Power have teamed up to transform Ryan’s Detroit Diesel-powered Freightliner Cascadia race truck into even more of a power beast for the 12.4-mile Pikes Peak Annual Hill Climb on June 30 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. With a starting elevation of 9,390 feet and a finishing elevation of 14,110 feet, and an average grade of 7%, the high altitude, thin-air of the Pikes Peak hill climb provides the perfect outlet for Banks additions to the 14.7L Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine of Mike Ryan’s Freightliner Class 8 semitruck.
Banks additions are numerous, with the most notable being the Super-Turbo configuration that includes a positive displacement twin-screw 8.3-liter supercharger that feeds an enormous 110mm Borg Warner S510 turbocharger. Pressurized air enters the manifold at about 60-70psi after passing through the TechniCooler air-to-air intercooler – a combination capable of 180psi boost at sea level. Also included are a forced air induction Banks Racing Ram-Air intake, StraightShot multistage-multiport water injection system that feeds into different stages of the airstream to prioritize power, Banks iQ Man-Machine Interface (MMI), Banks SpeedBrake system, a 5-inch Monster exhaust system, and more.
The guys at the Banks Race Shop in Azusa, California, are certainly busy preparing Ryan’s rig for a record-breaking run up Pikes Peak. For more information, check out www.bankspower.com/pikespeak or www.facebook.com/bankspower. Stay tuned for a full story, coming soon in Diesel Power Magazine!