Chassis Dynamometers

MD-AWD-500 Series

12.625" Rolls, 190-mph, 3,000-hp, 1,800-hp Peak Absorption, 2WD or AWD Modes

MD-AWD-500. Mechanically linked AWD Performance Dyno

The key to designing an AWD dynamometer properly is to understand the methods currently being used by manufacturers in the field of AWD drivetrain technology. A dynamometer that can accommodate various types of AWD vehicle transmissions and wheelbases without excessive complication and, more importantly, without risking damage to a client’s AWD system is paramount.

Full time AWD vehicles are designed to provide maximum performance regardless of road conditions. In cases where traction is less than ideal, a vehicle may be designed to improve stability and traction at the expense of power. This means adding torque to a spinning wheel or retarding of timing. In order to properly test an AWD vehicle for peak performance, an AWD chassis dynamometer must be able to simulate ideal road-load conditions to the vehicle. This approach allows the vehicle to be evaluated under “optimum” operational conditions; whereby torque is distributed to the vehicle’s tires in the same manner that would normally occur when a vehicle has equal traction at all four drive wheels, and is therefore operating at peak efficiency.

To achieve this, Mustang’s AWD-500 Series incorporates an internal drive system that synchronizes the front and back rollers to simulate a flat, dry road condition. Synchronization, or linkage, insures that the front and rear rollers are always spinning at precisely the same road speed. This process eliminates the possibility of activating a vehicle’s traction control system and also insures that a vehicle’s torque management system is operating under the assumption that the vehicle is not skidding, turning or slipping.

Mustang’s AWD-500 can be operated in AWD Mode while testing two-wheel drive vehicles. This process allows the non-driven axle to be spun by the dynamometer rollers at the same speed as the driven axle, eliminating the speed differential that occurs on two-wheel drive dynamometers – problem solved.

    MD-AWD-500 Series
    Max Horsepower: 3,000 hp peak measurement capacity AWD mode
    Max Absorption:

    900-hp peak absorption (SE model)

    1,800-hp peak absorption (DE model)

    Loading Device: Air-cooled eddy current power absorber (model MDK-250)
    Torque Measurement Device: Strain Gauge Type Dynamic Load Cell. Provides closed loop control signal for dynamic vehicle loading.

    2,152 lbs. (AWD MODE)

    1,190 lbs. (2WD MODE)

    Max Speed:

    190 mph (2WD Mode)

    150 mph (AWD Mode)

    Controls: Closed Loop Digital Controller with WindowsXP based PowerDyne Software. Includes Patented Virtual Road Simulation Technology (RST)

    Precision machined and dynamically balanced, knurled rolls

    Belted for bi-directional capability

    12.625” diameter balanced rolls

    31” face length

    18” inner track width

    80” outer track width (98” optional)

    88-118” standard wheelbase (longer wheelbase available)

    Transmission: Heavy-duty, industrial-fiber belt drive with mechanical disconnect
    Roll Decelerator: Allows vehicle deceleration without use of vehicle brakes. Eddy Current PAU used to decelerate rollers.
    Air Requirements: 80 PSI, dry, regulated, oil free
    Power Requirements:

    115 VAC, single phase, 60 Hz, 15 Amps (computer)

    230 VAC, single phase, 60 Hz, 40 Amps (dynamometer)

    230 VAC, three phase, 60 Hz, 40 Amps (DE model)

    Axle Weight: 6,000 lbs. maximum 1 axle
    Shipping Weight: 9,000 lbs. (dynamometer weight only)

      MD-AWD-500 Series

      MD-AWD-500 Series
      Detailed specifications for the MD-AWD-500.
      1.03 MB

      MD-AWD-500 Series

      MD-AWD-500 Series
      Conceptual Drawing of the MD-AWD-500
      228.32 kB

      MD-AWD-500 Series

      MD-AWD-500 Series
      Pit Drawing for the MD-AWD-500
      1019 kB

      Hardware/Accessories Catalog

      Hardware/Accessories Catalog
      Dynamometer Hardware & Accessories Catalog
      4.16 MB

      MD-AWD-500 Manual

      MD-AWD-500 Manual
      Detailed Operator's Manual for the MD-AWD-500.
      5.34 MB

      PowerDyne Manual

      PowerDyne Manual
      Detailed User's Manual for Mustang Dynamometer's PowerDyne PC Software.
      4.5 MB

      Quick Start Guide

      Quick Start Guide
      Helpful guide with important tips for new dyno owners.
      743.15 kB