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JUNE 2018 THE SHOP 17 Test Many shops count receipts from dynamometer tuning sessions as their most profitable service offered. (Photo courtesy Mustang Dynamometer) Do your homework to find the right dynamometer setup for your shop. E ngine and chassis dynamometers can be used to show the benefits of after- market upgrades. But savvy shops know they can also do much more. From troubleshooting performance issues to social media broadcasting of a customer's test numbers to many things in between, today's dynos are as technologi- cally advanced and versatile as the vehicles they assess. And while a substantial investment, dyno companies are prepared to show shop owners how the machines can become a profitable investment, opening up oppor- tunities for everything from dyno days to business partnerships along with typical tuning services. Here, dynamometer suppliers answer some basic questions about their latest offerings, unexpected benefits of dyno ownership, misconceptions and why now is a good time to consider investing in a system of your own. Results MUSTANG DYNAMOMETER Twinsburg, Ohio Scott Sobie Sales Manager Our hottest dynamometer product for 2018 is … … we're rolling out our new Holeshot con- trol system for 2018 and it's completely Web-based. Our latest electronics consist of a 4U rack-style server, a Wi-Fi based OBD-II link and one device for collecting all your peripheral data—the Jbox. We include a camera that automatically records runs. Everything is streamlined from an electrical standpoint and the UI is extremely easy to use. All runs are stored on a cloud and we include video capture, which really helps the shop promote what it's doing. We're embracing technology with this new system to help shops promote what they're doing through the internet and social media without doing more than what they'd already been doing—we're just helping them get the word out through their customers. All runs can be posted to a user's TunedUp account. Its best features include … … probably the use of the Python pro- gramming language to integrate all the peripheral devices on the network and Node.js for the Web server. Any device with a modern browser can connect to the server to control the dynamometer, view runs and manage customer data. We're marketing a business opportu- nity by changing how data is delivered to the customer and how this data is shared. Our latest companion application, Mustang Dynamometer has a partnership with to promote the automotive hobbyist marketplace via social media channels. (Image courtesy Mustang Dynamometer)

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