Crazy Video: 30 Dyno Fails in Six Minutes!

We use dynos — both engine and chassis — to gauge the worthiness of modifications to improve horsepower. We also use them to verify boasts. That means a lot of engine builders and customers “race” their dynos. And just like in the real-world auto racing, there are accidents with bent metal and even a little personal injury. 

Some enterprising soul has rounded up 30 dyno fails and edited them into a six-minute YouTube video. Many of the slapstick incidents have been floating around the web for years, but there’s a few we haven’t seen. Also, some of the more spectacular engine-dyno explosions that EngineLabs compiled in the Top 10 YouTube video story didn’t make the cut.

Still, if you have a few minutes and need a laugh or two, or you just like flames, smoke and rattling noises, check out the compilation. Many of the segments are shot with low-res cameras or we’re looking at about the 50th generation of digital copying, so the quality isn’t always the best. That’s probably a generous way of helping cover up evidence that would lead to identifying the embarrassed!

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Mike Magda

Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World. He was the editor of four national automotive magazines, including Chevy High Performance, and has authored hundreds of automotive technical briefings. In covering nearly every type of motorsport, Mike has collaborated with many of racing's top engine builders and factory engineers.
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