Sooner or later, everyone in the auto industry comes into contact with Gale Banks. And, if you're just looking for a prime tune-up, check out this post from May where we mentioned how Banks is offering to convert any type of diesel vehicles to a high-performance monster. Banks seems to be on a quest to reshape the image of diesels as dirty oil burners. Banks is the man behind the absolutely insane diesel-powered Sidewinder Dodge Dakota that, in 2002, went over 222 mph at Bonneville and set a world record speed for a production-based pickup truck. Today, Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin started a video series about her visit with Banks and, in an episode coming soon, going for a ride with him.
As you can see in the video above, Banks' vehicles go fast. What you don't see (but is easy to discover) is that Banks is also concerned with the impact vehicles have on the environment. Banks is an advisor to the Automotive X Prize and has been working on emissions, aerodynamics and other efficiency issues for decades. Xeni will have more videos up soon that cover at trip to Banks' garage and other details, so stay tuned.
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