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Dyno Competition - Firebird International Raceway

Going into this portion of the competition, there are usually a few cars that we can safely assume will make very high numbers.

Aug 8, 2011

For the dyno portion of our Shootout, all the teams met up with our gracious hosts at UMS Tuning in Mesa, Arizona. Tony and his guys have always taken good care of our needs, providing the Dynapack facilities (and manpower needed) to test each of the 11 cars that have entered in our competition this year.

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The way the scores are totaled for the dyno portion of the Shootout is simple in principle. In the interest of measuring a more “usable” number and not favoring any car that might be a bit of a dyno queen, the score is calculated by measuring the area under the curve at increments of 100 rpm throughout the 3000-rpm range leading up to peak power. By measuring in this fashion, the final score reflects a combination of both peak power and usable powerband; most cars spend the majority of their time in this 3000-rpm sweet spot on a track, after all, assuming that the transmission has been geared appropriately.

Going into this portion of the competition, there are usually a few cars that we can safely assume will make very high numbers. This year, Insane Speed brought out a pretty burly looking EVO VIII, a car that seemed to be a bit of a fish out of water at first glance. With the subwoofers in the trunk, full interior and beautiful pearl blue paint, the noise that came absolutely exploding from the exhaust pipe upon start-up took everyone a bit by surprise. Putting down a peak power of 813.4 hp, Insane Speed took the win with the maximum 25 points offered for the dyno portion of the Shootout. When it was time for JC Meynet to pony up, his ’06 STI made a massive 692.4 hp, with a smooth powerband all the way through the range, awarding 22.47 points and placing him in second.

Another car we had our eye on for big power numbers was Ryan Gates’ EVO X. Gates laid down a solid pull, 672.0 hp to be exact. However, during his second pull, the car made about 100 hp less and the oil pressure dropped dramatically. Unfortunately, this put Gates down for the count, an untimely early end to his weekend.

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Right behind Gates was UMS Tuning with its EVO VIII. Tony put down an impressive 669.1 hp, enough to score 20.72 points to secure his spot in fourth place in the dyno competition. As one of several cars returning from previous year’s competitions, UMS made about 40 hp more this time around, making this pull the best official dyno number for this car so far.

As one of only two RWD cars in this year’s event, the AFI Turbo S2000 stepped up to the plate with a solid pull of 614.5 hp. Zenkai Motorsports’ ’09 STI came through with 539.5 hp, with Snail Performance’s Subaru coming in next at a cool 492.0 hp. The Hondas brought up the rear this year, with KSport Suspension’s turbocharged RHD Integra Type-R at an impressive 423.5 hp out of the 2.0-liter powerplant. Sportcar Motion’s DC2 Type-R made the next best power (with 386.9 hp), but because of the peaky nature of the setup, the slightly less powerful ScienceofSpeed supercharged NSX, good for 384.8 hp, edged out with a smoother more broad powerband under the curve. Tage Evanson also played his card right, with the lowest total power of the group, he still managed to oust Sportcar Motion just slightly with his smoother power delivery.

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