Brake horse power


Torque Master
england heathfield
skyline r34 gtt
I was just wondering how they work out bhp and what relavance it has to the power of a horse?

I was also wondering what a twin air engine is?

I have,nt seen BBJ on the forum for a while is he ok,its unlike him not to post !.
From Wiki...

Horsepower (hp) is the name of several units of measurement of power. The most common definitions equal between 735.5 and 750 watts.[1] Horsepower was originally defined to compare the output of steam engines with the power of draft horses in continuous operation. The unit was widely adopted to measure the output of piston engines, turbines, electric motors, and other machinery.

Brake horsepower
Brake horsepower (bhp) is the measure of an engine's horsepower before the loss in power caused by the gearbox, alternator, differential, water pump, and other auxiliary components such as power steering pump, muffled exhaust system, etc. Brake refers to a device which was used to load an engine and hold it at a desired RPM. During testing, the output torque and rotational speed were measured to determine the brake horsepower. Horsepower was originally measured and calculated by use of the indicator (a James Watt invention of the late 18th century), and later by means of a De Prony brake connected to the engine's output shaft. More recently, an engine dynamometer is used instead of a De Prony brake. Although the output delivered to the driving wheels is less than that obtainable at the engine's crankshaft, a chassis dynamometer gives an indication of an engine's 'real world' horsepower after losses in the drive train and gearbox. This gives a reasonably accurate indication of how a wheeled vehicle engine will perform once on the road.

iirc... The Fiat twin air engine is different because the valves are controlled by actuators instead of cams, this means the ecu has complete control over the valves for a given RPM which helps to make the engine very efficient & still provide more power when its required. :D

Not sure what's happened to BBJ but his mate from work with the Supra has been quiet too, maybe their on some secret squirrel exercise. :bigsmile:
I'd imagine it would take a few years before we see any transplants. Plus it would prob be a difficult swap knowing new engines these days.

Indeed, and what are we going to say to the first TC member who asks advice on getting one of those remapped? :embarrest:
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