Went over to Gruppe-S today to get my car “dyno’ed”—measure its horsepower and torque output on a load-bearing dynamometer. Usually people do this to measure the performance benefits of tuning and/or modifications to their car, but I was simply there “for fun”: Gruppe-S needed a couple of stock Evos to calibrate their instrument and provide a yardstick for others with more modified cars, so they offered some free dyno pulls to volunteers who could provide a car in completely stock form. I’ve seen cars dyno’ed before but it was fun and interesting to get mine done for the first time; my thanks go out to Cal and Mike and the rest of the crew over at Gruppe-S.
My car made a bit over 220 horsepower to the wheels, which was about the expected number for that particular dynamometer and car, so it’s good to know that the car’s engine seems to be in good working order and performing as expected. Later, when I’ll start adding modifications to increase power, I’ll be able to go back to Gruppe-S and dyno the car again to measure any power increases.
It’s interesting what people consider “stock” when you dangle some free dyno time in front of them. Quite a few on NorCalEvo replied to the offer with something along the lines of, “My car is stock… except for the turbo-back exhaust and aftermarket blow-off valve,” much to the amusement and/or annoyance of the Gruppe-S folks. I must have one of the few Evos that’s remained completely stock (in the engine and drivetrain anyway) after a year; my signature tagline on NorCalEvo reads, “Mod the driver before you mod the car”—on the racetrack, the greatest performance is to be gained by first learning to become a better driver.