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Jay Leno's Tank Car

...Harnessing the power of over 1600 horsepower is no easy task!

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Gale Banks and Jay Leno take the Tank Car out to terrorize the streets of Azusa. It's unheard of to experience hard acceleration in something so big and heavy. It'll light up the tires if you stand on it doing eighty! And there was an unexpected bonus; Jay reports that the fuel economy is better!

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Unlike conventional V-type automotive engines, the AV 1790 V12 has the intake ports on the outside of the cylinders with the exhaust ports in the valley where two huge cooling fans draw air from around the cylinders and past the exhaust manifolds. The initial design phase of the turbo system layout involved measurement of the intake port locations

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car is just one of several high profile development programs ongoing in the Banks Advanced Prototype Engineering labs. One of the Banks Sidewinder Duramax Diesel race trucks can be seen in the background. At this point in the Tank Car's transformation, all of the fabricated intake components and the fuel rails were sent out to be po

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Gale Banks and Jay Leno take the Tank Car out to terrorize the streets of Azusa. It's unheard of to experience hard acceleration in something so big and heavy. It'll light up the tires if you stand on it doing eighty! And there was an unexpected bonus; Jay reports that the fuel economy is better!

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Ready to go and it's time to call Jay! Actually, he'd been calling every day for about three weeks. "How's it coming?" "Do you need any help?" "Can we make it to the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise in Detroit?" Jay arrived from his Burbank garage eager to take a test drive. After months of designing, constructing and testing, his ear-to-ear grin was a

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Banks Test Engineers spent three days putting the Tank Car through its paces on the chassis dyno, slowly and cautiously establishing the fuel map for any driving condition the car might encounter. All the while the power numbers kept creeping up. Although the engine and turbos can easily produce 1600 horsepower and 3000 lb,ft. of torque

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car is just one of several high profile development programs ongoing in the Banks Advanced Prototype Engineering labs. One of the Banks Sidewinder Duramax Diesel race trucks can be seen in the background. At this point in the Tank Car's transformation, all of the fabricated intake components and the fuel rails were sent out to be po

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Ready to go and it's time to call Jay! Actually, he'd been calling every day for about three weeks. "How's it coming?" "Do you need any help?" "Can we make it to the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise in Detroit?" Jay arrived from his Burbank garage eager to take a test drive. After months of designing, constructing and testing, his ear-to-ear grin was a

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car

Jay Leno's Tank Car