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Horse Power Needed after C_{d} Change

One of my few good friends, yeah, Keith Turk is my friend, considered a class change for his land speed race car. The class change will require that the car be de-modified from an altered car and turned into a gas coupe. Numerous items must be added back on: for instance, the grill opening needs to be returned to production configuration, the head lights must be returned to production and bumpers must be added back. Oh, and no rear spoiler! These features all add drag back into the equation, but the question is how much to add and what does it cost in terms of horsepower.

I have been asking for weather data from last years WOS. The reason for the request is that the altered car ran a flat out terminal speed of 225 mph using a motor that developed 500 flywheel hp at sea level with a 125 shot of nitrous oxide. So I needed to correct the sea level horsepower to the WOS conditions when it ran as well as using the climate data to figure aerodynamic drag. I never got the real data but did get a data point of barometric pressure equal to 26.5 inches of mercury and temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I don't think these are correct but since they are all that I have, I'll use them and adjust later if better information comes to me.

I made a few assumptions, along with the givens, that may be suspect. Those of you who have real information on how to change my assumptions, not opinions, please contact me and I will make the suggested changes.

1) I assumed that the 125 shot of Nitrous was the same at sea level as at altitude. Why? Well, it is it's own air and fuel and that is delivered the same whether or not at altitude or sea level. Right? Wrong?

2) I assumed a car weight **(W)** of 3400 pounds. However, in a sensitivity analysis later I show that the major effect of car weight on rolling resistance washes out in the final analyses.

3) Barometric pressure (**P _{r}**) was at 26.5 in/hg

4) Ambient air temp (

5) Terminal speed (

6) Car frontal area (

7) Tire pressures were at 50 psig

8) 5

9) differential gear mechanical efficiency is 0.99 percent (

What follows was an academic exercise for me and hopefully the answer to some of the clients questions on power needed. It is not intended to be a definitive answer to anything except our collective curiosity. To that end, if you find it useful, amusing or down right distasteful,GREAT! You may find errors, wrong assumptions, or other nastiness and I will appreciate you pointing them out to me. Complaints should be backed up by real data, through either analyses of your own or documented information. I am ameniable to changing my thinking iffn there is good reason to. Opinions, by themselves, just don't cut it.

*EQUATIONS*

Before getting to far along, let me define the new terms used:

**rho** is the air density in slugs

** f _{r}** is the rolling coefficient

*DETERMINE*

How much horse power is required to go 225 mph with a normally aspirated engine given the same climatic conditions. Aerodynamic modifications are made to the car: return headlights , grill, and rear deck to production configuration.

*METHOD*

Step 1) Correct the given sea level horsepower data to the Bonneville conditions, include mechanical transmission and rear end losses, to get horse power at rear wheels.

Step 2) Determine the overall drag when the car made a pass at terminal velocity in the altered class configuration.

Step 3) Calculate the rolling drag based on the terminal speed, car weight and rolling coefficients from figure 4.34 of the referenced text.

Step 4) Determine the aero component of total drag

Step 5) Determine the drag coefficient

Step 6) Change the drag coefficient by adding new items (cooling, head lights, rear spoiler removal)

Step 7) Detemine new aero drag based on new drag coeficient

Step 8) Determine new total drag by adding back the rolling drag

Step 9) Determine new horsepower requirement at same terminal velocity with new drag coefficient

Step 10) Determine new flywheel horsepower

Step 11) Correct horsepower to dyno sea level

Step 12) Perform sensitivity analyses for rolling drag.

*SOLUTION*

Step 1) **HP** at rear wheels

Step 2) Determine over all drag (**D**)

Step 3) Calculate rolling drag (**D _{R}**)

Step 4) Determine aero drag (**D _{A}**)

Step 5) Determine altered car drag coefficient (**C _{d}**)

Step 6) Determine new drag coefficient (**C _{d - new}**)

Step 7) Determine new aero drag (**D _{A - new}**)

Step 8) Determine new total drag (**D _{total - new}**)

Step 9) Determine new rear wheel horsepower for Bonneville conditions (**HP _{new}**)

Step 10) Determine new flywheel HP (**HP _{new - flywheel}**)

Step 11) Determine new dyno (corrected to sea level) horse power (**HP _{new - flywheel - sea level}**)

Step 12) __ Perform sensitivity analyses for rolling drag__

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This was a serious effort to try and determine how much a competitor was going to have to increase his normally aspirated horsepower to meet a stated speed goal after changing his car to meet a different class and given similar climatic conditions at Bonneville. It was fo rme fun, but maybe not for him. If you use a similar technique or the same methodology, just remember, your milage may vary :^}.

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