So you though Jay Leno had wrung all the juice possible out of his Tank Car? Silly you. The 9500-lb. hot rod's giganormous V12 tank engine (1792 ci) was merely naturally aspirated. Enter turbo king Gale Banks, a friend of Leno's, who agreed to fit the Tank Car with twin turbos — which will boost horsepower to 1600 hp and 3000-lb.-ft of torque. The weak link? The six-speed Allison tranny, which will have to be modified to accept the kind of torque that could put the earth off its axis. The finished product will be unveiled next month in Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise. Pity the poor asphalt.
Leno's Tank Car Gets Twin Turbos [internal]
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