Video: Stress Testing An Engine Oiling System Using A Dyno Cell?

German-based AVL Schrick was founded in 1969 by Dr. Peter Schrick under the name “Dr. Schrick GmbH,” with their primary service being camshaft manufacturing. By the ’70s and ’80s Dr. Schrick’s company had ventured into motorsports, turbocharger manufacturing and engine building, quickly building a name for themselves across Europe and eventually North America. The company continued under the Dr. Schrick name until joining the world’s largest powertrain systems manufacturer, AVL Group, in 2002. This merger vastly expanded the Schrick budget, their customer base, and access to equipment. Today, AVL Schrick is a dominating force in the development and production of engines and components for commuter cars, racecars, heavy equipment, aviation and the military.

Some of AVL Schrick’s most sophisticated tools include the company’s eleven dyno cells. The cells feature engine test stands that are capable of both power and drag testing, with horsepower capabilities from just a few horsepower up to 1,500 horsepower. Schrick’s team of engineers use these stands to perform advanced research and development or torture testing of engines for race teams, production automotive manufacturers and smaller industrial engines.

What makes Schrick’s series of test stands so unique is that while performing live tests the stand itself gyrates the engine into essentially every possible angle by using sophisticated software that accurately simulates the engine’s load and physical position that would actually be seen on a racetrack. In the video above, Schrick’s engineers are testing the lubrication system capabilities of a 4.8-liter Porsche V8 by accurately simulating the loads that would be experienced while powering around the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife (“North Loop”).

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Kyle Kitchen

Born and raised in Southern California, Kyle has been a gearhead ever since seeing his first Mitsubishi Evo VIII in 2003. He is almost entirely self taught mechanically, and as an inexperienced enthusiast always worked on his own vehicles, regardless of the difficulty, just to learn how to do it himself. Prior to becoming a freelance writer for the company, Kyle started his automotive performance career with Power Automedia as a shop technician, where he gleaned intimate knowledge of LS platforms and drag racing builds; then later joining the editorial team as the Staff Writer for EngineLabs And Turnology. Today, Kyle is an experienced EFI calibrator; hot rod builder; and motorsports technician living in the San Jose area. Kyle is a track junkie with lots of seat time. You can usually find him racing his Mitsubishi Evo X in local time attack and road race events.
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