Automotive Formulae by Dino

1) Estimating wheel horsepower from top speed

HORSEPOWER (Wheels) = (6.114.W.V + Cd.A.V3)/149877

(x1.11 manual gearbox FWD, x1.17 manual gearbox RWD, x1.17 automatic gearbox FWD, x1.25 automatic gearbox RWD for flywheel horsepower)

W= Test weight (lb), V= Top speed (mph), Cd=Drag coefficient, A= Frontal area (ft2).


2) Estimating flywheel horsepower from 0-60 time

HORSEPOWER (Flywheel) = (0.413.W)/T0-60

T0-60 = 0-60 mph time (sec).


3) Estimating wheel horsepower from 1/4 mile trap speed

HORSEPOWER (Wheels) = W. [Mph/247]3


4) Estimating wheel horsepower from 1/8 mile trap speed

HORSEPOWER (Wheels) = W. [Mph/196]3


5) Relationship between barometric pressure and elevation

BP = BP0.e -0.0104.H/K

BP= Barometric pressure, BP0= Pressure (sea level), H= Elevation (ft), K= Air temperature (K) = 273+oC.


6) Dyno horsepower correction factor for air temperature, pressure and humidity

Air correction factor = [29.92”Hg/(BP-WVP)]. [(459.7+ AIT)/519.7]0.5

AIT= Air intake temperature (oF), WVP= water vapour pressure.


7) Relationship between flywheel horsepower and compression ratio

Horsepower change (%) = [1- 1/Rnew0.4]/[1-1/Rorig0.4] -1 x100%

R= Compression Ratio.


8) Calculation for rear wheel torque

Torque (Wheels) = (W.G.A)/1545

W= Vehicle & driver weight (lb), G= Gearing (mph/1000rpm), A= Acceleration (mph/sec)


9) Formula for mph, rpm, overall gear ratio and tire diameter

Mph = [rpm x tire diameter(in.)]/[overall gear ratio x 336]


10) Calculation for optimum overall gearing

Overall gear ratio = (tire diameter x maximum rpm)/(mph1/4 x 340)

mph1/4= 1/4 mile trap speed calculated using formula 3) where weight and horsepower are known


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