GMC Truck Motorsports Syclone LSR
Years 1990
Drivetrain Front / Rear
Engine 5.0L Naturally Aspirated v 6
Power 549hp (409.6kW) @ 7200 rpm
412lb-ft (556.2Nm) @ 6000 rpm
Performance Top Speed: 210.0mph (338.1kph)

In other Syclone news, the Syclone LSR, a race-prepped GMC Sonoma pickup, became the first truck in history to break the 200-mph barrier at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The LSR, driven by high-speed veteran Don Stringfellow, achieved a one-way top end of 210.089 mph and an official two-way average of 204.145. The powerplant used was a naturally aspirated 5-liter V-6 engine, bored out from the stock displacement of 4.3 liters. On the dynamometer, the engine produced 549 horsepower at 7200 rpm and 412 foot-pounds of torque at 6000 rpm.

Source: Motor Trend

Despite possessing the aerodynamics of a brick, Banks/GMC Syclone pickup truck tops 210 mph, becoming both World's Fastest Pickup Truck and the first pickup to exceed 200 mph.

"Banks team of Bonneville veterans' fine-tuned race strategy tweaked the truck to top performance. It put GMC in a very exclusive club. When you consider they took a stock, compact pickup with a stock engine, using only modifications that are available off-the-shelf today — Banks adapted that truck and made it capable of going over 200 mph, that is quite an achievement...Two attempts. Two records." —Assault on the Salt (television)

"At 210 mph, this V6-powered GMC S-15 is the World's Fastest Pickup. The actual record attempt was overseen by one of Bonneville's top operators, Gale Banks. With his skilled crew, Banks prepared, operated and maintained the S-15 on the Salt. In the process, they smashed a car record held by Porsche. —Popular Hot Rodding

"Banks is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on turbocharging technology for diesel and gasoline engines. Banks has worked directly with the Big Three automakers in product development and has even been called upon to head up several speed and racing campaigns, including a GMC Syclone that ran more than 200 mph at Bonneville." —Sport Truck



Take a good look at this truck, because a still photograph is about the only way you're going to get a good look at it. Why? Because this is GMC's record-holding Bonneville racer, and usually it's nothing more than a blur, followed by dust devils of snow white salt. As you know, GMC already garnered the world's fastest pickup award last year in an S-15, and now they've done it again, posting a two-way speed of 204.145mph in a new Cyclone LSR. The record was set in FIA category A-Group II-Class 9 for production vehicles with an engine size of up to 5.0 liters, and the truck was piloted by land speed veteran Don Stringfellow. For this year's attempts, the truck used BF Goodrich speed-rated Comp T/A street radial tires, with power coming from a 5.0-liter V6 engine. Now that's haulin' ....salt!

Source: Popular Hot Rodding

Quote from Gale Banks of Banks Engineering

"...I find that my most meaningful memories come from the Salt: Dipping my jeans and T-shirt in a 55-gallon drum of borate solution (couldn't afford a fire suit.) Attempting to float my '56 Bel Air tow car on the way to the highway (it sank). Watching the guy next door bore a block in his motel room (El Patio). Running a Pontiac Firebird with factory sponsorship (talk about pressure!). Taking away a Porsche world record with a GMC pickup (the Syclone)..."


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