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Here's how it goes, you get a videocamera if possible (if you don't own one you might try to con a friend into letting your borrow his/hers) and get a stopwatch. Find a way to get the stopwatch and instrument cluster in focus at the same time. You only need to be able to see the speed. Then videotape a run to redline in 2nd gear or higher.

Obviously this usually ends up being 2nd as 3rd would require some fairly illegal speeds anywhere but the 'bahn.

Then if you can get the tachometer into the tape find the two frames 200 rpm or so on either side of where the max hp should be. Because I couldn't get the tach into the shot on my camera, I just found what speeds those points were at beforehand. Then find the time between the two points. In my case the two points were 82 and 92 mph, and the time between the two was 1.71 seconds. Then find the mean speed. (82+92)/2 = 87 mph

Here are the formulas that will be needed (most you may already know):

hp = weight (in pounds) x accelleration (in g's) x speed (in ft/sec) / 550

accelleration = change in velocity / time

1g = ~32 ft/sec/sec

1 mph = 1.466 ft/sec

1 kph = ~.62 mph

For my test here is how the calculation follows through:

92-82 = 10 mph

10 mph = 14.66 ft/sec

(14.66 ft/sec)/ 1.71 sec = 8.573 ft/sec/sec

(8.7573 ft/sec/sec) / 32 ft/sec/sec = .268 g's

87 mph x 1.466 = 127.54 ft/sec

hp = (3560 lbs) x (.268 g's) x (average speed of 127.54 ft/sec)/ 550

= 221 hp @ 87 mph

I'm not sure what the wind resistance would be at 87 mph, but I imagine it would be pretty significant and this method does not take it into account. I would do this test at about 50-60 mph where I know the resistance is about 15 hp or so. But then the Viggen wouldn't be running full boost, which would mean it's not running full power.

If anyone wants to see pics of the instrument cluster at the two times I do have them. Just let me know and good luck! Would be kind of insteresting to see what cars that have been dynoed do with this sort of test. Perhaps because of cooler/denser air etc our cars make more power out in the open than they do crowded into dyno rooms. Also it should be noted on the street you are accellerating considerably slower so less hp is lost to accellerating things like all of your ancilliary devices, and flywheel and wheels and brakes etc. On a dyno it's accellerating so quickly it takes a lot of power to move those parts ... might account for the discrepency if there indeed is one.

Have fun and be safe!

Yours Truly,

Dubbya