#MASabah2019: Dyno Challenge – What is dyno tuning and how is it beneficial to regular road users?
For the first time since the Malaysia Autoshow’s inception in 2015, the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) together with local automotive technology-based company Focus Applied Technologies, will be providing visitors an opportunity to measure the performance of their vehicle through a dynamometer – Dyno Challenge, in the upcoming Malaysia Autoshow Sabah 2019!
We had the chance to meet with Dr. Horizon Gitano Briggs, the Chief Technology Officer of Focus Applied Technologies to find out more about dyno tuning and its perks.
Before we dive into the details, it is important to first understand how a dynamometer works.
“A dynamometer is essentially, a piece of equipment to measure the rotational speed (RPM), the torque and the power produced by an engine, while in the case of electric vehicles, an electric motor.”, said Dr. Horizon.
- The amount of “turning power” you have, in the same way that you turn a wrench. Usually used to measure the acceleration of a vehicle.
- Rotational speed
- Also known as revolutions per minute (RPM), is used to measure how fast any machine is operating at a given time.
- In cars, RPM measures how many times the crankshaft makes one full rotation every minute and along with it, how many times each piston goes up and down in its cylinder.
- Also known as horsepower (bhp), is the maximum power that an engine can produce which is normally used to measure a vehicle’s top speed.
The relation between the elements measured on the dynamometer allows engineers and car tuners to tune their vehicles according to their driving style.
“For the participants of the Malaysia Autoshow Sabah 2019, we will be doing dyno pulls which will allow customers to find out how much power the engine is producing at a particular speed and torque.”, Dr. Horizon explained.
He also said that the Dyno Challenge is open to all major types of vehicles – motorcycles, 2-wheel-drive vehicles and even 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
Furthermore, Dr. Horizon emphasised that dyno tuning, although commonly applied in the racing scene for improving the performance of race/track-based vehicles, dyno tuning can also be utilised by regular drivers in efforts of extending a vehicle’s life.
“There’s a lot of things that you can feel while driving down the road like the smoothness of the engine for example. However, trying to quantify that and trying to determine the problems of the engine (rough engine conditions, emission of black smoke, etc) is very difficult to do as an individual consumer on the road.”, said Dr. Horizon.
He added, “When you put a car on a dynamometer, we can very precisely control the operating condition – the speed and power of the vehicle. Plus, we can observe the vehicle”.
Dr. Horizon explained that the observation can include the colour of the smoke and the cause of the emission. Running the engine too lean can cause shorter engine lifespan while running the engine too rich leads to very high fuel consumption, all of which can be easily detected through a dyno test.
“A dynamometer is the number one tool in diagnosing engine-related problems while ensuring you’re getting the most out of your vehicle, especially when people start to modify them”, he explained.
He further said that, “Newcomers to the modifying scene usually assumes that installing a big, new air filter increases the power of their vehicles where in actual fact, they’re not, unless each and every component has been tuned to work together nicely. The data acquired by the dyno tuning allows engineers and vehicle tuners to know exactly at which component a tuning is needed”.
More importantly, dynamometers and the data acquired through dyno runs are used extensively in research and development (R&D), especially in education institutes for testing different kinds of fuels, finding out what are the emissions and fuel consumptions as they change the vehicle design.
The Malaysia Autoshow expands it reach, providing an opportunity for the people in Sabah to experience MARii’s flagship event for the first time since the Autoshow’s establishment in 2015.
The Sabah edition continues its tradition of showcasing the latest models in the Malaysian market and offering a variety of exciting outdoor activities catered for the entire family.
What are you waiting for? Head over to the Malaysia Autoshow Sabah 2019 which will be held from the 19th-20th of October 2019 in the Sabah Cultural Centre, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!
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