Looking back, its in some ways envious when Edlebrock Sr. started selling his flat head intake manifold  to Ford and Mercury cars with nary a pinch of advertising or dyno graph touting its performance gains. Nowadays, every performance part is now judged by the dyno graph that accompanies each advertisement. And we at SpeedLab know the importance of the term “dyno tested” or “dyno proven” when it comes to aftermarket power producers.

In fact the very first equipment we bought was an in house dynamometer or dyno for short. Because we knew that more than just a tool for measuring HP and torque, it’s a vital piece of equipment that will allow us to do research and development of performance enhancing parts. Coming from engineering backgrounds, we know how important numbers are, and its not something to be trifled with. So with our in house Dastek, now our 4WD Dynapack dyno, each and every mod that we introduced to the market is back by extensive dyno testing that produces the needed HP numbers and more importantly, repeatable HP numbers.

 

Distilled down to it, a dyno is basically a glorified treadmill. You go to the gym, and the stationary treadmill can be programmed for what speed, acceleration, duration and even incline to suit your particular body type. The dyno is the same thing, only it’s for cars. But the principle remains the same, to measure a subjects power potential under maximum load conditions, man or machine.

R&D actually starts with the intake system. As a rule of thumb, if space allows it on a vehicle, we always go for a cold air intake setup because we know that this where max power can be made. A few rare instances are on older Mitsubishi vehicles such as Lancer Pizzas or GSR where its physically impossible to fit a cold air intake (one has to remove the battery and relocate to the back) or the current Honda Civic where a short ram and cold air intake makes the same power.

Another item that our dyno gets a real workout on is when we do several header prototypes. Unlike intakes, headers are more tedious and labor intensive to make and install. And quite a lot of the Hotpipes headers that we carry, were done in our humble shop. Whether its 4-2-1, 4-1, 6-2-1, equal or unequal length, we select the best configuration that makes the most power and torque for production. We actually go through several iterations. It may look all the same when viewed at a glance but small details like the angle of the bend, length of the runners, placement of the collector and even O2 sensor placement has a lot to do with the final product and performance.

Despite the global economy, not every car is built the same. Parts bought in the USA or Europe or even Japan has a very big chance of not fitting our local units. Subarus are a good case in point. Our ECUs are neither JDM, USDM or EDM, rather its some weird Asia pacific spec which is unreadable and non compatible with stuff you see in Import Tuner or Option2 Magazine.

We always get the question “Will this really give an increase in power and can I feel it?” Well the short and easy answer is if it doesn’t, we won’t even bother producing it in the first place. But seriously we started out as enthusiasts also, and we wanted and still want to get our money’s worth. Being in the performance industry, the ONLY yardstick is tangible power results. Unlike wheels or bodykits where its fashion dictated, performance numbers do not lie. Its either you do or you don’t. Each and every upgrade that we introduce to the public has our assurance that you will feel it. From our line of SpeedLab K&N intakes to HotPipes headers and the very famous Unichip. Each step of the way in our power package upgrade, we guarantee you that it is a modification that you can feel and appreciate. And we won’t be able to deliver these products without tedious R&D and countless hours of testing on our part. A prime exampe is our SpeedLab Power Package.

And we kid you not when we say its a group of components designed to work in compliment with each other, giving you the best possible performance for the least amount of cost.