Great idea,- Banks hasn't shipped any product. Its only a protoype.
Not only is this engine not available, from what I can tell banks hasn't shipped the unit they showed in Miami last year.
I cant get a price on the unit that was shown in Miami so right now its all vapor-very cool vapor but vapor no less. Happy to rettract, but Ive left several messages at their place and the marine guys are nowhere to be found and never give a ship date or a price. - NICE.
Earhearts Engine is "Uber" cool... but its not a diesel.
Like Eddie said my first thought was Volvo. Doug
Nice look but I wonder how much power is lost with the 90* bends on the intake after the throttle bodys. Should be one straight in the front and one in the back....just a thought. Just looks a little tight.
I know Gale Banks and have had several meetings and discussions with him over the last 5 or 6 years. He is a brilliant performance businessman and his accomplishments manufacturing, marketing in many forms of racing and the aftermarket performance industry over the years speak for themselves.
As for his Duramax diesel ventures, he has proven he can build and race expensive Duramax race prepped engines and get big power and torque from them in non-marine applications.
He has however been showing and talking about and trying to market a marine performance version of the Duramax diesel for over 6 years. Problem is some expensive , pretty high tech prototypes have gotten built, shown at a few boat shows and even been somewhat touted by GM over a few years, BUT, a real working engine has never made it in a boat, complete with a drive system and pushed any performance boat thru any paces or extended use.
Bottom line is that his type of marketing helps companies like Banks sell their diesel tuner stuff, chip boxes and such and thats where they are making the bucks!
As someone else here said in this thread, I also think GM (IZUSU) has not been willing to turn loose of enough base Duramax diesels for a moderate marine production scenario. I am sure with all the internal mods needed to make a stock Duramax become and endurance Duramax marine diesel this package with appropriate drive and tranny would be so off the chart expensive that no successful boat builder or engine company is going to log any reasonable sales to justify the investment and effort.
One offs, will not sustain or carry this industry!
My closing statement here: When someone, anyone qualified and capable in the industry comes out with a 600HP-700HP diesel performance engine that can turn a reasonable rpm (3800-4500) range and provide good acceleration and top end speed 70-80mph and not cost more that Obama's Tarp bailout, then:
PIGS WILL FLY!!!
Especially in the current and near current future of the marine performance market!
It may be COOL and Fun to wow over this stuff, but my prediction, It Ain't Gonna Happen! Actually I hope someone proves me wrong, the industry could use a great, affordable marine performance diesel with these capabilities! and when I say affordable I am taliking about a $40 - $50K package! that weighs less than 1800lbs, not a $80-100K package that weighs about 2000lbs and will only push the boat big enough to hold it and reach 65mph!in about 2 minutes. There are already 500HP diesel high torque engine and drive packages that can do that and have already been use in very limited high dollar custom built boats.
Ray @ Raylar
I know in my area finding Fuel will be a issue for a diesel. At least as things are now.
The bends don't look as sharp as the ones on the Banks motor.
We might go to the show on Sat, to check it out. I'll take pics.
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