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Aston Martin at Detroit Auto Show
Issue Eleven
March 30, 2004
Live, From Detroit, It's the 2004 NAIAS!
Detroit Auto Show Awards
Keeping things in Balance
60 Seconds with Henrik Fisker
Windshield Dyno: The Beltronics GX2
Nissan Altima Facelift
WORK Wheels Introduction
Cadillac Merchandise
Not The Record To Be Proud Of
Open Wheel Racing in the USA: Big Changes
Bear Market in the Auto Business?
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Windshield Dyno: The Beltronics GX2
By Steve Litscher

(Monday, Jan. 12, 2004 9:00 AM EST)

Beltronics GX2

Beltronics Vector Pro GX2

Dynamometer Auto

Adding performance goodies to your vehicle is relatively easy. For the die-hard do-it-yourselfer, it's simply a matter of setting aside an afternoon and getting your hands dirty. For the less initiated, a quick phone call to the local tuning shop should get the job done. But once you've got the goods installed, how do you measure their effectiveness?

I don't know about you, but my butt-dyno is in need of some serious recalibration ("This new washer fluid feels like it added 8 or 9 horsepower!"). With an inaccurate butt-dyno, the next most obvious option is to use a vehicle chassis dynamometer. Taking your vehicle to a dynamometer is both cumbersome and inefficient - you'll need to make several "runs" on the dyno, all the while allowing for sufficient cool-down time. And to make matters worse, dynos are usually a hot commodity, so your time may be restricted by the shop's schedule.

Luckily, there's a solution for those who like to test performance improvements themselves. The solution comes by way of the Beltronics Vector Pro GX2 Performance Computer. Gone is the guessing: "Does this feel faster than before? Do I need to go one heat range lower on my spark plugs?" Gone is the frustration of hearing, "Sorry, the dyno's booked solid until two weeks from next Thursday."

With the Beltronics GX2, all you'll need is a quiet, preferably secluded section of road (or better yet, a racetrack or large, empty parking lot) and some time. Within seconds of attaching the GX2 to your windshield, you'll be enjoying instant feedback about your vehicle's performance, and thanks to the GX2's long list of rich features, you'll learn more about your car's performance capabilities than you could ever dream of learning from the dyno.

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