Monthly Archives: October 2008
Okay, so for all of you that are confused about dyno results, I’m going to break it down for you in simple, plain English. There are two types of dynos: single roller and double roller. With the single roller version, the cars drive wheels sit on top of the single roller; on the double, the drive wheels sit between the two rollers. The double roller version is much easier to handle and safer to use (less chance of the car jumping off), but that said, the single roller more closely matches driving on the actual road. Dynos also come with or without an integrated braking system. The ones without brakes are the most common and cheapest dynos available. Measuring only takes a few seconds as the car does not really have to work hard and they often produce exaggerated results. The resistance provided by a breaking system reproduces on road driving conditions so you can see every small performance error in the resulting power curve; therefore, these dynos produce the most realistic and accurate results. The biggest challenge is getting enough air to the car during testing. Most dyno shops have fans that were purchased at a hardware store. Don’t be fooled, these fans cannot generate anywhere near enough air for the intake or for cooling the engine. Some cars may need “ram air” not just a little air for cooling, these powerful fans are the only thing that can produce the desired effect during testing. A proper dyno fan system can produce over 125mph winds, which is equivalent to driving on the road. The conditions in the dyno must mirror actual driving conditions as closely as possible to attain the most accurate results. All dynos measure the horsepower and torque produced by the drive wheels. This is usually done in the second highest gear (direct gear). What is called Rear Wheel Horse Power in the US is in fact only the basis of a correct measurement. In the US they calculate an estimated power loss of x%, for example: 20% in addition to the Rear Wheel Horse Power. The resulting formula is then Rear Wheel Horse Power + Estimated Power Loss (x%) = Engine Horse Power. The problem with these measurements is that the values are estimated, not accurately measured. They are inaccurate due to conditions not taken into account such as gearbox oil temperature. A cold gearbox may lose up to 40 horsepower, while a hot gearbox may lose only 20 horsepower. Something as simple as a different wheel setup can alter the results of a dyno test. The only way to be exact is to accurately measure the power train loss (including the alternator, water pump, oil pump, etc . . .). Power train loss is measured by allowing the car to roll out of the dyno in the neutral position after testing; during this “roll out” the real power train loss is measured, not estimated. The resulting formula for accurate measurement is then Rear Wheel Horse … Continue reading
Platinum Motorsport have teamed up with Singh Autosport for ECU tuning. Platinum Motorsport who are renown for creating some of the best looking cars not only for the US market but also the international market have chosen to partner up with us to do all their ECU upgrades. You can speak to the guys there regarding performance upgrades for your European vehicle. You can also contact us directly with any questions.
Just when Ferrari Scuderia owners thought the car was quick enough. There is always plenty of room for improvement in every European car. The tuning upgrade for the Scuderia is good for another 35-40hp, we’ll also remove the hesitation/flat spots, raise the RPM, turn the volume up on the factory exhaust in 2nd and 3rd gear when programming the car. We use BMC Air Filters on all the exotic cars we work on.
You guys will probably get sick of us saying we were the first to programme this car or that car… but its the truth! On this blog we just want to show our customers some of the cars we have completed, its hard to put them all up. We programmed this 2008 Ferrari F599 for a serious car collector. We also had a Quicksilver Exhaust installed and used BMC Air Filters. The owner who has the kind of car collection you couldn’t even imagine said it was one of the fastest cars he has ever driven. The Quicksilver exhaust is less than half the weight of the factory system.
This was the first Aston Martin DBS to be programmed internationally. The fact that it has a manual transmission we only had to programme the ECU. We also had a Quicksilver Exhaust installed, excellent results with this car. Aston Martin for some reason always seem to turn down the tq on their cars, after programming the DBS we got just over 40hp and about 60lbs tq with just the ECU. The exhaust as per Quicksilver is good for atleast another 25hp. I would like to thank Fares of Independent Audi & VW Service in Pasadena for removing/installing the ECU and also for the excellent exhaust installation. Great car!
At Singh Autosport we manufacture custom pulleys for supercharged engines. We tuned this Range Rover for Mark Braham of Overfinch USA using our pulley and software. The gains on the Supercharged Range Rover are around 45-50hp, we also raised the RPM, removed the speed limiter/hesitations/flat spots, etc. When you drive the car, the supercharger kicks in earlier and you really feel the punch. Overfinch is the market leader for aftermarket products for Range Rover. Overfinch USA and Singh Autosport will be working very closely for all future projects. Please remember whenever you replace a factory pulley for a modified one, you have to programme the ECU. Actual car.
First I have to start by saying this is the best looking BMW M5 I have come across! Sorry Ben but I had to steal the picture. We programmed this car a while back and with the combination of our tuning, K&N; air intake and the Eisenmann exhaust… wow! I think Ben explained it better, “its like its on steroids”!! He has owned nearly every exotic car so he knows what he’s talking about. We were the first company to programme the BMW M5 in North America! and when we started we always programmed both processors on the board and not one. We’ve tested the M5′s at 193mph and 198mph, the reason why we couldn’t do more was because we ran out of road… thats right… ROAD. George and Jack at Platinum Motorsport did a great job with this car. Jags Gill and Ben Baller.
We programmed this car for Sonic MS of Mountain View, CA and the end result is just crazy. Read our blog for the 135i and it will kind of explain what was done to this car. It was like driving a car on ice or maybe like driving a go-kart, I’m kind of stuck for words on this one. Once you put your foot down it just wants to keep going, you can hold the needle at 160mph and the RPM just keep climbing. Speak to Darwin at Sonic MS and I hope he can explain it a little better.
A very underrated car, its a shame how de-tuned this car is. Alpina have always been known for building some of the worlds fastest cars. The gains on this car are around 30hp, as well as adding power we can also we can also raise the RPM, remove the speed limiter, remove the hesitation and flat spots. A very fun car to drive once its been tuned.
We get a lot of questions about the gains on the Bentley GT Speed, the most you can get out of this car with just programming the ECU’s is 645-650hp (The stock injectors and turbo’s can only handle so much). Even though it doesn’t sound like much you can definately feel the difference! We programmed this car a while back for one of the owner’s of the San Jose Sharks.