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posted March 30, 2004 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Berserker   Click Here to Email Berserker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
"Q: Why were the horsepower ratings on engines often under-rated?

A: There's 2 reasons for this:
Reason 1: Insurance purposes. Insurance bean counters look at tables and statistics to determine insurance rates for various cars. One of the factors in determining how to rate a car is "Factory advertised horsepower". The factory said the car makes 290 horsepower. In reality it makes closer to 350. Oops.

Reason 2: Classification for Racing. In some forms of racing (Drag racing) cars are classified according to "Factory horsepower". Again, if the car is rated at 290 horsepower (but really has 370 horsepower) and it's going against a car that REALLY DOES have 290 horsepower. Oops."

So...if thats true and my hanes manual says I've got 130hp then how much do I have?
1979 Camaro Berlinetta
305 V8, 2 barrel
With a HEI super ignition coil and my ac tottally disconected

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