1,400HP Banks Power Twin-Turbo Readies for Pikes Peak Hill Climb


The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 8 July will feature some of the fastest cars in the world. Here’s one of them.

This is the chevy-powered Banks Power "Dallenback Special" Unlimited class car gearing up to tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The monster buggy packed 1,307hp and 1,206lb-ft of torque of twin-turbocharged ferocity into its compact frame when it made it to the top of the 14,110-foot summit last year. For this year's effort, horsepower has increased to 1,400hp and from recent testing it looks like the team is on track for a serious run on 8 July. Paul Dallenbach will pilot the small monster, which will come up against some of the fastest drivers and cars in the world. The car's massive wings help to keep it stuck to the ground as all that insane power amazingly goes exclusively to the rear wheels.

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But the coolest thing about the car is that it features a military-derived altitude compensation system, allowing for infinitely variable boost levels to match driver demand as the atmosphere thins out en route to the top of the peak.