PRI 2018: Dynocom Goes Big With Its Latest Pod Dynos

If it’s power and torque you need to measure, Dynocom Industries has just the tool to do it. Its third-generation eddy-brake hub dynamometers are, impressively — if not downright shockingly — able to handle upwards of 8,000 horsepower and some 14,000 lb-ft of torque. Yes, you read that right.

Dynocom’s 3500 series pod dyno measures up to 3,500 horsepower and can hold 6,000 lb-ft of torque at a steady-state, covering the vast majority of high-horsepower street and even racing applications. Dynocom utilizes a clutch system inside the unit to help stave off breakage in the event of exceeding the rated power and torque.

“The weakest point on some other hub dynos on the market is the CV joint they use, which is prone to failure — with the clutch-style design, ours just starts spinning if it goes over the rated torque,” notes Dynocom engineer Paul Arseneau. 

Next in line, the big boy of the bunch comes the TriPod 7200 Series — named as such for the trio of three smaller eddy brakes housed inside, versus the single eddy brake of the 3500 Series. Arseneau shares, “the three smaller eddy brake are more efficient than the older-generation single eddy brake, because they can spin much fast, thus enhancing the cooling.”

The 7200 Series dyno sports a planetary gear drive with helical gears for quiet operation, which also serves to step up the torque capability. While rated for 7,200 horsepower, Arseneau admits the kit can handle up to 10,000 horsepower, and Dynocom has in fact hooked its hubs to a Top Fuel Dragster and registered 8,800 horsepower in doing so — a true torture test of a hub dynamometer if there ever was one.

“They are tough,” Arseneau says. “Each of these pods weighs over 3,400-pounds each but still rolls around really easily with its efficient caster wheels, so it’s not difficult to move them, to level and tilt them, in a mobile environment.”

The weight of the unit, combined with the arms that extend for support, make the 7200 Series steady as a rock under even 8,800 horsepower of load. Arseneau notes that “in fact, you actually have to strap the front of the car down because at anything around 2,000 horsepower the nose will come up. On the rear, it’s pretty stable.”

While the price is steep — nearly six figures for the set — the TriPod 7200 Series will likely measure anything your high-performance shop will ever see.

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