Wheel with it. presents Tsunami
2200 hp Opel Calibra Where did the idea to make a car with two engines come from? The idea itself appeared a long time ago. Actually, our ‘base’, our garage originated from Opel Calibra, which I bought, it had around 200 horsepower. We were raising its’ power… 300, 400, 500… I’ve always had that fantasy that 2 engines would double that value. But 2 times 500 hp is not that much. It’s only 1000 hp and 1000 hp is achievable from a single 2 liter engine. So the idea was waiting for a couple of years. And when that 2-liter engine finally blew up, we decided to install a 3.2 liter engine, which without any problems handled 700 hp. And two times 700 hp sounded interesting. This is how it all started, the engine handled such power… two times 700 hp, you get 1400 hp. May be worth a try. It’s just me and my brother, who build the Tsunami. Just the two of us. Sometimes only during competitions our sister joins us as a photographer. We don’t have a team of specialists, like in Formula 1 30 people running around and brainstorming. Here we are just 2 by ourselves. Everything is our own ideas, our constructions. In terms of the acceleration, many people ask how fast it is. Here we have measured 1.7s to 100 kp/h (62 mp/h). People try to compare it to Formula 1, which accelerates in 2.4s or to Bugatti Chiron, which does it in 2.3. Well in such fractions of a second it really makes a difference. How does it feel to drive a faster car? It’s hard to compare them. Our car for example is built strictly for a sport – dragracing. It’s not used to drive to a market to buy some rolls. In a Chiron… If you can afford it, you can drive it to get some rolls. However, the rolls will also probably be expensive. Finsterwalde, Germany Driving to some competitions we never know how many runs we will be able to complete, or if the organisation will be good. Will the organisation be weak and we will complete only 1 or 2 runs. On the other hand, there is the technical side. We had a situation when we drove to the competition, it was around 10 hours spent in a car. We unpacked ourselves, organisers said that the drag strip is free and we can start racing. So we stood as the 1st car in the queue. We started warming the tires up and then our driveshaft broke. So after warming the tires up we were ready to go home… 🙂 What do I feel? When we drive to competitions it all starts well. We arrive and unload the car. Then when we warm up the car, I put on my helmet and I start to feel stress and adrenaline. Right before the start I soften myself. When I arrive at the place where I warm tires up, my brother positions me. He does it precisely and I listen to him absolutely. What he tells me to do or shows me by gesticulating – I do that. And that is the moment when I stop thinking. Driving a car with over 2000 hp, which has around 0,5 bar tyre pressure reminds of steering a pontoon which wobbles on the whole road and is almost uncontrollable. Additionally you reach 250 km/h (156 mp/h) in about 8 seconds. You have to aim for the finish line. So it’s not as easy as driving a 200-horsepower car. Really. This car listens to me, but only after a while… 🙂 Building this car actually didn’t take so much time, because it was kind of organised. Two companies helped us, FMIC.EU Performance from Częstochowa and Ecumaster from Kraków. They helped us both financially and providing us with parts, which they manufacture or sell. So at this example, the car came to life in 6 months counting from the 1st chassis cut to the 1st competitions. How did we synchronise 2 engines? We hear that question so often that we have to think of some strange examples to explain it to people. Like ‘2 locomotives ride simultanously on tracks and they work fine’ or ‘You can ride tandem bike with a woman, who is much weaker but the bicycle still pushes forward’. In our car it works in kind of a similar way. It is of course electronical, Ecumaster provided us with software. Each of the two engines has its’ own controller there are two computers, which ‘see’ each other. They see the engine speed. And always the rear engine has more traction to cope with then the front one, because front axle raises while accelerating. So the rear engine sends the signal to cut some power at the front, so that their speeds are perfectly equal and synchronised. The number one question is ‘How much fuel does the car consume?’. Well we have checked that. And the result was 1 liter per 100 meters. The great thing about competitions and motor shows which kind of empowers us are the people’s reactions. Coming back after the run you can see 200 meters of people who clap, come to you and congratulate, say the car is great etc. These moments really help and motivate us to develop the Tsunami project more and more. It’s great. – I can see you are laughing at me. -Who me?
– No, me… 🙂