Gale Banks Engineering has always built some ridiculous diesel-powered rides, so it has been no surprise that the debut of its Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster has been highly anticipated. Unfortunately, the premiere of the Banks' Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster alongside its record-holding Sidewinder S-10 pickup is going to have to wait a little bit longer, due to recent transmission troubles.
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The Sidewinder Top Diesel and Sidewinder S-10 were both scheduled to hit the hot lanes on May 9 at the TS Performance Outlaw Drags. Due to the transmission issues stemming from the high power output of the Banks-modified twin-turbo Duramax diesel V-8 engine, the Dragster's problems have proven unsolvable in time for the upcoming event. It takes the Banks team four days to make the trip to the TS Performance Outlaw Drags held in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and instead the Banks' Dragster will be sitting in the shop for the time being.
The growing pains are not unusual at this level of racing. Given the power characteristics of the Banks-built Duramax, where the engine produces almost equal amounts of torque and horsepower in a very linear fashion, a significantly large amount of stress is exerted on every component of the driveline. With the amount of power ready to go at the line, Banks will be making sure that every part of the Dragster's driveline is beefed up and ready for action.