Pikes Peak Super-Turbo Semi Freightliner Race Truck Explained

Pikes Peak Super-Turbo Semi Freightliner Race Truck Explained
Pikes Peak Super-Turbo Semi Freightliner Race Truck Explained

A few days ago we posted THIS short video of the Banks Super-Turbo Semi Freightliner Race truck as it raced up the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill climb.

In the wet, the 2800 hp and 5000 lb-ft of torque Freightliner Race Truck barely clung to the road as the rear wheels tried to tear up the mountain and trucks tires.

A few days before the race we caught up with Gale Banks, who explained the thinking and engineering behind installing a turbo, a supercharger, intercoolers, and even methanol Injection system into this monster truck.

Check out this entire interview to get to know this monster truck a little better.

Roman Mica is a columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University.