WHAT’S A DYNOMETER?
A dynamometer, or dyno for short, is the only tool specifically designed to measure engine horsepower. From the test, a dynamometer measures your engine’s force with torque and horsepower. Depending on your intentions these numbers can be significant.
Aside from a numbers standpoint, there are plenty of practical reasons to dyno test an engine; dynos can be crucial for engine tuning and diagnostics.
MUSTANG 500 AWD PERFORMANCE DYNO
The key to designing an AWD dynamometer properly is to understand the methods currently being used by manufacturers in the field of AWD drivetrain technology. A dynamometer that can accommodate various types of AWD vehicle transmissions and wheelbases without excessive complication and, more importantly, without risking damage to a client’s AWD system is paramount.
Full time AWD vehicles are designed to provide maximum performance regardless of road conditions. In cases where traction is less than ideal, a vehicle may be designed to improve stability and traction at the expense of power. This means adding torque to a spinning wheel or retarding of timing. In order to properly test an AWD vehicle for peak performance, an AWD chassis dynamometer must be able to simulate ideal road-load conditions to the vehicle. This approach allows the vehicle to be evaluated under “optimum” operational conditions; whereby torque is distributed to the vehicle’s tires in the same manner that would normally occur when a vehicle has equal traction at all four drive wheels, and is therefore operating at peak efficiency.