“Redneck Engineering” is a term normally used to describe some sort of creative repair work performed by person residing in the southern United States. However, this is obviously not 100% true, because those wacky fellows in some Scandinavian country decided to build their own insane makeshift chassis dyno. Using the rear axle from a heavy-duty truck, a pile of rocks, snow and dirt, and a metal ramp system, these creative geniuses have built their own dyno and seem to use it on a regular basis to test and tune their drift cars. It may seem a little dangerous, but if it works and gets the job done, how can you fault their creativity? The proof seems to be in the numerous YouTube videos of this state of the art piece of equipment in action:
These guys again applied the same resourcefulness when it came to completing their LS-swap into a Nissan S13 (aka the 240SX in the United States). LS swaps are taking over as the preferred power plant for drift cars, but this particular conversion is unique. Seeing exhaust stacks on a tractor, big rig or even Dodge pickup (at least in Texas) is normal, but an exhaust stack borrowed from a tractor and installed on Nissan takes the cake. Adding to the weirdness is the fact that the car sports a rear-mount turbo as well as an air-to-air intercooler where the back seats should be, looking more like a barbecue grill than an effective heat exchanger.
Despite the innovative approach to this car and their dyno, the overall effect is something that yearns for phrase “Hey y’all watch this,” if there is a Norwegian translation for it. Watching the car bounce up and down on the rollers is enough to give us pause, and we’re pretty sure that the “dyno” isn’t actually measuring anything – it’s probably just being used to load the engine for tuning purposes. But whatever the case, it seems to be pretty popular (as does the LS swap; every car we see has some variant of the the Chevy V8 between its fenders).
This product of long winter nights, boredom, and a near-total disregard for personal safety might not be pretty – in this last video they’ve gone to the trouble of propping up a piece of rusty sheetmetal to conceal the truck tires from view – but sometimes you just have to make your own fun…