Maybe I’m ignorant for having this mindset, but I always thought you could go to a dyno to figure out how much power your car makes and that was the number you could proudly tape to your fridge. Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained has a different take.
By now everyone in the car world has at least a vague understanding that a turbocharger can efficiently boost power, using otherwise-wasted exhaust gas to force more air into an engine. But it’s still nice to get all of the technical piping and boost management devices mapped out, and it’s cool to see exactly how much…
If you just hotted up your Civic with a giant turbo and intercooler, you’re going to be tempted to take the little VTEC monster to the dyno to see what you’ve gained. Before you do that, though, for god’s sake: don’t forget to tighten your damn lug nuts.
It’s a problem when you can’t get the wheels to stick to the dyno itself.
If you have ever wondered what happens when you tune a high-power single-turbo straight six with anti-lag, the answer is lots of extremely angry-looking flames.
The 3.0-liter era of Formula 1 and endurance racing in the 1960s and ‘70s produced some of the most greatest engines in car history. This Ferrari flat-12 probably isn’t one of them.
Here’s a TVR Cerbera doing a dyno run. Also, there’s a cute dog there.
The Tesla Model S has kicked out some wacky power readings, but it looks like somebody was able return 864 ft-lbs of torque with a P85D a few times in a row. Pretty impressive considering the factory claims about, oh, 177 lb-ft less. The shrieking jet wail the car makes in an enclosed garage is something else…
How does the Hennessey HPE1000 Twin Turbo Camaro ZL1 sound when it's pulling 876 rear wheel horsepower on the dyno? Meaty.
You know, sometimes I walk into the club and I'm like, "The club can't even handle me right now." This is exactly like that, except instead of the club, you have a dyno, and instead of me, you have a Saleen S7 with all-wheel drive tuned to 2,200 horsepower.
Everything looked to be going just peachy at the Expo Performance 24 in Sherbrooke, Québec, when this Shelby GT500 got it's turn on the dynamometer. The big Mustang got all revved up when BOOM, this great spectacle of destruction happened.
It's got a B18b engine swap out of a '96 Integra, a killer paint job that's Nissan D-12 tank green off of the Xterra, and some sweet Enkei 92's with Yokohama S drives for some old school flavor but new school handling. It also has a set of Recaro's from an old Volkswagen GTI.