Gail Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner / Owner: Mike Ryan


The Freightliner competes in hill climb and drift competitions and currently holds records in both the Pikes Peak “Race To The Clouds” and the Mount Washington “Climb To The Clouds” events.  The truck is equipped with a 14.0L Detroit Diesel 60 series engine with a compression ratio of 15-1 and a fuel redline of 2700 RPM.  The body is constructed entirely of fiberglass and carbon fiber, even still weighing in at just over 5 tons.  Like any well balanced race vehicle, it is a mid-engine design.  This truck truly tests the merit of each and every one of its systems.  Good acceleration requires a responsive engine, high speed requires massive horsepower and cornering and handling require extreme braking capability.  Gale Banks and his company, Banks Power, are known far and wide as the premier designer and manufacturer of power-enhancing products for diesel- and gas-powered light trucks, motorhomes, and sport-utility vehicles.  As a recognized authority, Gale has taught engine design to graduate students at General Motors Institute, covering many subjects: engine architecture, turbochargers (design and application), fuel systems, exhaust systems, marine turbocharging, ignitions and camshafts, inter-cooling, and more.   Mike Ryan is a truck racer as well as a stunt driver and stunt coordinator for the entertainment industry; he drifts the freightliner against conventional drifters and race it in hill climbs including the 156 turns leading up to the 14,114-foot summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado.