It was a surprisingly beautiful Saturday afternoon during the of STREETPOWER Performance dyno competition. As a proud supporter of this inaugural event, AMF was there to provide event coverage and give some freebies to show goers. Although STREETPOWER Performance is known for their tuning of Mazda RX-7s this day was solely about horsepower, specifically horsepower to the wheels. Be it 200 or 600whp, fans were treated to an array of finely tuned machines of all kinds and some delicious treats.
This pristine white RX-7 started the afternoon right spitting flames every chance it could. It is times like these that makes me want to get an RX-7 and convert to a rotary fan.
A husband and wife team of VW GTi Golfs, both in black with black wheels. Tucked just behind is an awesome early 90s Lamborghini Diablo slated for a twin-turbo application, V12 + Twin Turbo = FTW!
Fellow AMF photographer Mark Harris brought out his track-spec VW Golf for a few pulls. He was pleased with a run of 160whp from his NA built engine. Good thing to note that another engine is currently being developed capable of 10,000-rpm, we can’t wait to feature the build process and final debut next season.
There were plenty of gift bags for the winners of the dyno competition. These gift bags are possible thanks to a number of supporters donating goods, including AMF – a proud supporter of STREETPOWER Performance. The top 3 winners each got an AMF t-shirt and decals along with prize money! Tucked just behind is another demo car from STREETPOWER Performance, in this case a seriously boosted RX-7 FC-gen.
This clean Camaro caught the attention of on lookers despite it not being a Japanese vehicle or rotary-powered for the matter! Gotta love the bright green metallic paint that pops under the sunlight and the chunky “Bullet style” five spoke chrome wheels. American muscle anyone?
A unique surprise showed midday at the dyno competition. It was an open-wheel car built by select students at the University of Toronto engineering program and thanks to the help from Sean at STREETPOWER Performance the car was very competitive this year. Custom open-wheel race car anyone?
The entire dyno competition was streaming LIVE on the net via a webcam / laptop hook up so that those who weren’t able to attend could at least see the event.
BBQ chicken anyone? No dyno competition would be complete without some delicious food for the hungry attendees. Also, due to Sean (owner of STREETPOWER Performance) being of Trinidadian decent, the lunch included Caribbean-styled dishes and were they ever delicious!
1 Rotor, 2 Rotor, 3 Rotor! Yes, that is in fact the coveted 20B 3-Rotor engine sitting pretty in the matte gunmetal STREETPOWER Performance FD3S RX-7 demo car. Matted to the 20B is also a large turbo (aka meat grinder) with an inlet big enough to feast on any road kill in its path!
A beautiful and ominous looking 6th-gen Volkswagen GTi putting down the power on the STREETPOWER Performance dyno. The sporty hatch put down a roughly 200hp to the front wheels, but the sound from that 2.0-liter turbocharged engine was simply awesome! We look forward to feature this GTi and its marital twin – you’ll get what I mean in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
At the end of the dyno competition, Sean from STREETPOWER Performance strapped down his RX-7 FD demo car for a few runs to showcase the build / tune capabilities of his shop. Initially, Sean teased the show goers with some light pulls until I enticed him to show what that turbocharged 3-rotor was all about. Without any hesitation, the throttle went wide open resulting in a dyno pull of 567.8whp with much more power still available although Sean didn’t want to show off. During the pulls, the RX-7 was popping 3-foot flames from the exhaust and even through the external wastegate – what a sight!
A big thanks to Sean and the crew at STREETPOWER Performance for putting on a great dyno competition. It was awesome to see so much support from across the Greater Toronto Area. Furthermore, a big shout out to all the competitors for keeping the competition lighthearted and being in a great spirits. Delicious food and fast cars, what more could one ask for? Be sure to check the STREETPOWER Performance site for updates on the 2nd event happening in a few months.