Coverage of the annual dyno day at New German Performance in Aberdeen, MD has become a regular feature here. It provides an interesting mix of new, old, fast and slow VW/Audis with other manufacturers thrown in.
For this event, held in 10/09, there was everything from Mini Coopers to a BMW M5, and even a Formula SAE car from the nearby University of Maryland joined in with the usual mix of VR6, 1.8T and 2.0T cars.
Weather is always a gamble when holding an event late, and after the sweltering conditions of the previous event held in 8/08, NGP decided to move things to a later date. The idea was to provide weather that would be beneficial, not only to the attendees, but also their cars. After all, engines, especially those of the forced induction variety, love cooler air.
As it turned out, things were definitely cooler, but torrential downpours assaulted the crowds throughout the day. In between storms, bright patches of sunshine helped keep spirits high, as did free burgers, hot dogs and sodas provided by the NGP crew.
Technicians Chad Hanson and Patrick Sullivan probably had the worst jobs, spending the entire day strapping down cars and lying in puddles of filthy water.
NGP awarded gift certificates for the highest and lowest dyno results of the day. Although the top prize was ultimately taken by a non-European vehicle, (David Salazar's Dodge Dakota with a fully-built Paxton supercharged 408ci V8 made 540whp), the lowest went to Brandon Atallian from Baak2Basics with his 38whp 1984 Rabbit Diesel. Highest VW went to Mike Karanda's Induktion-built Jetta VR6 24v turbo, which put down 509whp.
The Jazz Blue Scirocco 1.8T belonging to David Stein was definitely one of the highlights of the day. It featured a stock block, PT376 turbo and Megasquirt standalone management. The tune wasn't finalized, but at 20psi it threw down 285whp, and was the most stylish on the rollers for sure - BBS split-rims, a good stance and exquisite paint saw to that!
In terms of sheer numbers, the 2.0T has officially taken the crown from the ubiquitous 1.8T. There were plenty of the boosted four-bangers in attendance, from nearly-stock examples to big-turbo APR stage 3 kits.
Sylvester Davis returned with his Mk5 GTI. It was fitted with one of APR's aforementioned stage 3 kits and threw down a solid 329whp. That's not to say the 1.8T was MIA. Ben Taylor's super-clean B5.5 Passat sported an APR stage 3+ turbo system and demanded attention.
When all was said and done, the crowds endured the storms while enjoying the BBQ and huge variety of cars. You can bet the same thing will happen this year, but let's hope the weather is a little kinder, at least for Pat and Chad's sake.