If you’re a fan of diesel power or just a fan of automotive engineering and coolness, make sure to stop by the AMSOIL exhibit at the 2021 SEMA Show this year, where Banks Power will be unveiling a supercharged L5P Duramax diesel V8 engine in a a patina’d 1966 Chevy 3/4-ton pick-up nicknamed the “LokJaw,” blending old school looks with the latest diesel performance technology.
The supercharged Duramax diesel engine is planned to be a turn-key crate engine from Banks Power, producing over 650 horsepower. Pricing is not yet immediately available.
Gale Banks, founder and chief engineer at Banks Power, will be on hand for the unveiling. It will be unveiled on November 2nd when Banks will be available to answer questions for the media and fellow industry big dogs.
On the 5th, the supercharged L5P Duramax diesel Chevy truck will be open for 2021 SEMA Show attendees to view, so be sure to stop on by. Also, keep up with the truck’s build process as it has and will be still documenting on the Banks Build YouTube Channel.
More To Come From Banks Power
That’s not all. Banks Power has plans for two other diesel engines to be revealed at a later date at the company’s Azusa, Califonia Plant. Not much is known about any of the engines right now, but some clues should be available after the supercharged L5P Duramax and LocJaw truck are unveiled in the coming days. All we do know is that one of these diesel engines is going to be a twin-turbocharged and a twin “Super Turbo” diesel.
Banks Power built engines carry quite an esteemed reputation, as Gale and his company have already cemented his name in the industry by building engines for land speed vehicles, Monster Jam trucks, and more. Banks Power also currently supplies the US Army with power plants for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) fleets. Much earlier, Banks was named OEM supplier of Big Block Chevrolet engines to the world marine market back in 1971. In 1980, Gale Banks began teaching graduate-level engine design at the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). Banks Power is also the first and only aftermarket company to develop a dealer-specified turbo system option for GM’s 6.2L diesel engine beginning in 1988.
All of the Duramax engines Banks Power builds go through the same assembly process, receiving the same specific parts that are built at the DMAX plant in Moraine, Ohio before they head off to California for their special tuning.