This sounds like a fun project but it is a work in progress, so you’ll need either some knowledge to put the pieces missing in place or some patience to wait until its finished by the author. Basically the AccelR8 is a device for measuring acceleration. It can measure +/- 2 g. As it contains a micro-controller, it can also measure time. This opens up some interesting possibilities. If we have the acceleration and the time, we can find speed (V), as V = a * t. Also, we can find distance (D) as D = 0.5 * a * t * t. If we now the mass of the object we are moving, we can also find the force (F) applied, as F = m * a. And finally, from this we can find the power (P) from P = F * V.
yeah i know, physics 101 you might like it or you might not but using these you can find out some nifty info about your car:
- Acceleration 0-100 km/t (0-60 mph)
- Braking distance 100-0 (60-0), and
- Maximum Horsepower
AccelR8 – a portable device that can measure acceleration: [Link]