When it comes to the most awesome innovations in modern hot rodding, the proliferation of the hub dyno is among the coolest. Why? For the first time in the history of racing and motorsports in general machines that make incredible power can be run, measured, and tested beyond what a graphing calculator or slide rule will tell us on paper. The old “it should make about 2,000hp by the numbers” logic is still cool but actually seeing something make that kind of King Kong fury and having it accurately measured it another.
In this video, Richard Liles has taken his nostalgia pro mod style car to the FuelTech USA hub dyno to run his brand new Vortech supercharged, 505ci Kauffman Racing Engines billet Pontiac as hard as it will go. Wearing a 128mm blower for the test run we see here, the fellows were also packing a 131mm blower to try later on. As you will see, this thing sounds like hell with the lid off when the hammer comes down and it is run through the gears at full boogie. It makes 2,207hp to the hubs and we’re pretty sure that was the first and likely most conservative pull.
Blowers of that size will support upwards of 3,000hp as we are seeing in the pro mod racing world and this car, with its classic Le Mans body is great. Sure the body is Pontiac in name only and the engine is certainly not some “found in a warehouse” factory piece but we love when guys stick to their guns and their favorite brand, especially Pontiacs because they’re bad ass.
Boy does this thing sound mean!