Edmunds reported earlier yesterday (August 22,2013) that a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was put into their possession for the sole purpose of making a pass on the dyno. Jason Kavanaugh, the engineering editor over at Edmunds, brought the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to MD Automotive in Westminster, Calif. where they hit the rollers to find out just how much power the Stingray puts down.
Every car enthusiast knows that the ultimate judge of how much a car puts down to the wheels comes in the form of a dyno run. A dynamometer works by introducing a load ( in most cases in the form of giant rollers) to the rear/front wheels measuring how much torque at any given moment that a car engine produces. And by a simple mathematical formula, one can figure out how much horsepower a car makes. Typically manufacturers quote how much power is being made from the engine and in most cases, a car will lose about 10-20 percent of its engine power once it reaches the wheels.
So how did the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 do? Chevrolet claims their LT engines are rated at 460 HP and 465 lbs-ft of torque.The all aluminum 6.2L V8 put down an impressive 411 HP and 407 lbs-ft of torque, which is about an 11 percent loss of power through the drive-train.
Keep in mind that this is only the basemodel with Z06 and ZR1 models in the works. Also don’t discount that simple add-ons from the aftermarket industry can give a bump in power as well.