This year, ATS Diesel Performance took dyno contests to a whole new level with their “Gauntlet Challenge,” a winner-take-all dyno event with a $500 buy-in, where the cream of the crop in diesel performance could strut their stuff. Not surprisingly, many of the trucks that entered were either owned by shops, or heavily influenced by a shop, as power levels above 1,000 hp to the rear wheels were expected to be common.
An interesting twist added by ATS was the caveat that the truck that made the most power and torque combined would be the overall winner—not just the truck that made the most overall power. This horsepower/torque combination meant we saw a lot of quick-spooling turbo setups, as well as some early triggering of nitrous oxide systems to try and boost torque numbers. While we figured the torque being added into the competition would favor Cummins-powered rides, that didn’t scare away a number of hot Duramax-powered trucks that showed up to the competition.
In addition to the Gauntlet Challenge, there were a number of other hot diesels on display, including the DieselSellerz.com six-door Dodge, and a wild supercharged, compound turbocharged 5.9L VP44 truck. There was also a vendor area, where folks could learn about parts from ATS, Alligator Performance Diesel, Industrial Injection, and a host of other companies.
While some initial software troubles with the dyno stalled the action for a couple hours, the horsepower race was on as ATS dyno’d trucks all afternoon and well into the night. Without further ado, we present to you the 2015 ATS Gauntlet Challenge. DW
ATS Diesel Performance Inc.