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2007 Eurotuner Tuner Grand Prix - GT Pro Dyno Competition

GT Pro in Fullerton, CA hosted this year's dyno event thanks to its four-wheel Dynojet 424X dynamometer

Greg Emmerson
Jan 1, 2008
Photographer: Sam Du Writer: Sam Du

GT Pro in Fullerton, CA (see panel) hosted this year's dyno event thanks to its four-wheel Dynojet 424X dynamometer. The company builds some of the country's most powerful imports, so is well-versed in getting the most out of an engine. However, they did allow the teams to run the dyno themselves if it was requested. And we should also thank the guys from 034Motorsport who stayed after their runs to help strap down the other competitors.

Eurp_0801_01_z+gt_pro_dyno_competition+034_motorsport_audi_a4_quattro+dyno_pull Photo 1/8   |   034's VR6 turbo held first place for most of the morning with a deafening 645whp run

Waiting for us when we arrived at the dyno were 034, who were eager to run. They quickly strapped down their hybrid Audi A4 quattro VR6 turbo and started tapping away on the laptop that was plugged into the car's brain.

As they completed the first run, nobody was quite prepared for its sheer violence; its exhaust gases knocked over a giant fan that was placed besides the side-exit pipe, while the noise and vibration caused our video camera to go into spasm on each run.

The first pull netted approximately 596hp, which was more than we'd ever seen from a VR6. After spraying nitrous on to the intercooler and setting up the super-fans brought by Torque Factory to blow more air through the intercooler, the second run produced their best 645whp with 523 lb-ft. Satisfied with the results, they made room for Torque Factory.

Eurp_0801_09_z+gt_pro_dyno_competition+torque_factory_audi_s4 Photo 2/8   |   Torque Factory S4 finished third in the overall dyno standings

The Torque Factory S4 was actually AWE Tuning's entry from etGP06, which had made an impressive 512whp. With the car strapped down, they repeated last year's figure, then got 515whp, 512 lb-ft on the second attempt and decided to call it a day, satisfied with the results.

Up next was the EuroCode Tuning S4. This was the firm's first GP with the Audi V6 and were expecting good numbers. However, we had to wait while the dyno tech hunted for a good rpm signal for the dyno software. This was eventually resolved and the first run proved to be the best at 652whp, 570 lb-ft.

Eurp_0801_04_z+gt_pro_dyno_competition+eurocode_tuning_audi_s4+dyno_pull Photo 3/8   |   EuroCode S4 on its way to winning the AWD Dyno award with incredible 651whp

Despite spraying nitrous onto the intercooler, the engine was heat-soaked and lost 7hp on the second run, so EuroCode retired victorious. They were the dark horse of etGP07 and let everybody know they weren't here to play.

After Mini-Madness was strapped to the dyno, the car produced three runs within a few horsepower of each other, proving to be one of the most consistent performers. The best run produced 226whp, 181 lb-ft.

Following them was Fireballed! Racing with its hyperactive Mini turbo. The dyno techs were dubious about what it could achieve but changed their minds after the first run. Sadly, it didn't register any numbers because the car wasn't tied down securely enough.

Eurp_0801_03_z+gt_pro_dyno_competition+fireballed_racing_mini_cooper_s+dyno_pull Photo 4/8   |   Fireballed! Racing caused the GT Pro dyno tech to resign when it hit 415whp!

Or more accurately, its ridiculous power caused it to move on the rollers. On its second run they recorded an absurd 415whp, 333 lb-ft and they retired satisfied.

Based on last year's numbers, this Mini would've been the most powerful FWD car at etGP06. However, this year there was more to come...

Next up was the Stasis Audi TT. To be honest, this car threw us a curve-ball. We were expecting some crazy-fast Audi S4, or perhaps something to rival last year's Lotus Elise turbo. But we weren't expecting a FWD TT with a best run or 287whp, 300 lb-ft. While it's a respectable number, it wouldn't be the most powerful 2.0T, so how could it hope to win the track events? Had Stasis miscalculated the opposition? Only time would tell...

Eurp_0801_05_z+gt_pro_dyno_competition+abd_racing_vw_mk5_gti_2_0_turbo Photo 5/8   |   ABD finished third in the FWD class with big-turbo 2.0T

The ABD Mk5 GTI was strapped to the dyno amid compliments about its incredible paint job. It came out of the box with 351whp, then hit 381whp, 310 lb-ft, before dropping to 364 with heat soak - no drama and respectable numbers.

The ABD GTI uses the VF-engineering conversion, so VF itself had created a special motor for the GP with lower compression to run more boost and an even bigger turbo.

Eurp_0801_08_z+gt_pro_dyno_competition+vf_engineering_vw_gti_rsr Photo 6/8   |   VF/GIAC was the most powerful FWD with its 439whp GTI

The VF team swarmed around the GTI and insisted on a cool down period between runs, check data files on the laptop etc. The first two runs similar 435whp, but they managed to squeeze an impressive 439whp, 368 lb-ft from it on the third run. This made it the most powerful 2.0T we've seen to date by a considerable margin.

The Rabbit from Euro Sport Accessories wasn't expected to win the dyno competition. The team enjoys the event and loves the road course, so power numbers were a formality. The 20v motor was predictably consistent, turning in a best run of 159whp and 122 lb-ft.

Finally, it was the turn of WRD with their Mk5 GTI. Again, they wanted to get to the road course, so were unphased when they hit 256whp, 260 lb-ft after some cooling nitrous had been sprayed on the intercooler.

We should point out that the ambient temperatures increased from 79F for the first car to 92F for the last. And while GT Pro carefully corrected all the dyno numbers to compensate, it inevitably has an effect. But with this many cars to get through in one day, it's impossible to do them all under exactly the same conditions.

So at the end of the first day, several teams had grabbed the limelight; EuroCode and 034 had shown there was almost nothing between them; while VF, Fireballed! and ABD left everybody wondering how they would put down that much power on the drag strip...

DYNO COMPETITION AWD
1. EuroCode Tuning 651.73whp, 570.05 lb-ft
2. 034Motorsport 645.51whp, 522.73 lb-ft
3. Torque Factory 515.18whp, 512.13 lb-ft
DYNO COMPETITION FWD
1. VF-Engineering/GIAC 439.47whp, 368.16 lb-ft
2. Fireballed! Racing 415.25whp, 333.20 lb-ft
3. ABD Racing 381.20whp, 309.{{{80}}} lb-ft
4. Stasis Engineering 287.24whp, 299.61 lb-ft
5. WRD 256.29whp, 259.72 lb-ft
6. Mini-Madness 225.93whp, 180.72 lb-ft
7. Euro Sport Accessories 159.00whp, 122.63 lb-ft
Eurp_0801_06_z+gt_pro_dyno_competition+gt_pro_crew_brian_la_fuente_denis_dickerson_grayson_lough_sean_beaver Photo 7/8   |   GT Pro's Brian La Fuente, Denis Dickerson and Grayson Lough. Sean Beaver was in the toilet

GT ProPresident of GT Pro, Brian LaFuente, started tuning Datsun Z-cars some 25 years ago, before turning to the Mitsubishi GT in '95 after he realized nobody was working on them. He started out modding his own car, but now manufactures his own parts and has established GT Pro as the best name in Mitsu GT tuning - having built two of the most powerful GT engines in the world, including the current record holder at 935hp.

As the GTs are getting older, the shop has looked to expand into European and domestic models. They're already making a name for themselves, having had both a Ferrari 360 and Porsche 911 published in European Car. However, they're also looking at VW, Audi and BMW. www.gtpro.com, 714/447-1697

By Greg Emmerson
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