Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dyno Information

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 Power + Measured Power Train Loss = Engine Horse Power. To further refine the results, the Engine Horse Power is corrected to standards provide by DIN (German Institute for Standardization) or ISO(International Institute for Standardization). Organizations such as the DIN and ISO take into consideration other factors that influence car performance such as air temperature and atmospheric pressure. They calculate these elements to a “norm” making results anywhere and under all conditions comparable. The final numbers of an accurate test may at times be disappointing, but they are facts, not estimates. This is the difference between estimating and measuring, fact vs. fiction. This fantasy formula of Rear Wheel Horse Power + Estimated Power Loss (x%) is the reason why some tuners come up with such impressive numbers that cannot stand up to a truly accurate test.

The Dyno Queen?
Some tuners will make adjustments to a file while the car is on dyno which is not set up correctly, in return the car might seem impressive on the dyno but doesn't perform well on the road because the dyno was never set up for real driving conditions.

I hope this helps.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Platinum Motorsport team up with Singh Autosport

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.

Ferrari Scuderia's

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.

Ferrari F599

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.

Aston Martin DBS

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!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Range Rover Sport for Overfinch USA

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.

Ben Ballers BMW M5

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.

Emsar Design Ltd

I have to take time out to thank Emil at Emsar Design Ltd of Woodland Hills, CA. This dude is a genius when it comes to web design, advertising, etc, etc... I consider myself a connoisseur when it comes down to a lot of things and it doesn't take much to see that he is one too. Being his customer (and now friend... I hope J/K) is like being a part of one big family and I'm sure that Ben Baller , Platinum Motorsport and the rest feel the same way. Its like a click that just keeps growing... Thanks Emil!

From London to Sol Y Luna in

Rachel, Emil and Kristina.

Both Ferrari Scuderia's we're programmed by us.

BMW 335i

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.

Alpina B7

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.

The Bentley GT Speed

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.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Audi R8

We got 40hp on the dyno in Germany using 98 octane. We've programmed so many of these cars, references are always available. On this one here we paired it up with a Milltek exhaust (we also supply Milltek and Quicksilver exhausts for European cars), excellent results. We're currently working on an intake for the R8, we'll keep you posted.

Please note we can also turn the volume up on the factory exhaust in 2nd and 3rd gear when programming the ECU.

This car was programmed at Sprewell Racing in Alhambra.

The next picture is of the second R8 to arrive in the country, the customer was told about us by Audi of Portland, Oregon. While we were at his warehouse we programmed the S8 (first S8 V10 to be programmed in the US) and the Ferrari 550.

Porsche GT2 2007-

Probably one of the best Porsches ever built, the GT2 is a great car. This car comes standard with 530hp. With just programming the ECU we can take this car up to 620hp on 98 octane as tested at the Hockenheimring earlier this year. I only know of one other tuner who is based in Germany who can do this without the car going into limp mode. These cars were programmed at Sprewell Racing back in June.

BMW 135i tested at 197mph.

We finished the program for the 135i/335i and 535i earlier this year. The results on 135i/335i and 535i are amazing, I have attached a picture of a 135i on a dyno in Germany hitting 174mph at 6100rpm. We took this car up to 197mph!!! Singh Autosport has never been a promoter of 'piggy back' systems. We would rather read and write a new file for the car. Tuner's with limited knowledge will tell you BMW can tell if its been programmed and will void the warranty, piggy back is the best way to go, blah, blah, blah. BMW is actually one of our biggest customers, they understand exactly what we do.

The car is programmed via OBD2 and can also be bench flashed.

(The reason why the dash lights are on is because the picture was taken on a dyno).

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Welcome to Our Blog

We are excited to launch our new blog...

You can check our blog for everything that goes on here with Singh Autosport from what new cars we are programming, pictures of customer cars, advertisements we are doing and etc.

We just finished our new ad that will be in Modified Luxury & Exotics.

What do you guys think?