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Horsepower, Pounds and G-force

  1. Sep 28, 2010 #1
    If I know the vehicle weight in pounds and I know peak G-force.
    Can I find peak net horsepower? If yes, how would I do it?

    I have an accelerometer on my “Motor Driven Cycle” and I have weighed myself and the cycle. To keep the cycle legally a Motor Driven Cycle it must be under 5 bhp. If I can get net hp I can account for the other relevant frictional losses to estimate bhp.

    Thank you for any help you might give.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2010
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  3. Sep 28, 2010 #2


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    Welcome to PF.

    Power is force times distance/time, so if you use f=ma with the accelerator data you can find force, then you plug-in speed at the time of the measurement.
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