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Challenger Engine Software, LLC

115 Jeanette Drive

Granite City, IL 62040

 

Sales: Sales@virtualengine2000.com

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About Us... The Past, Present and the Future  
A message from the Founder and President - Ronald W Hamm
Throughout this page you will see some pictures of our cars, showing our 'office' isn't always at the computer!

It all started in the early 1990's when I was fortunate enough to buy a used Super Flow SF-800 Engine Dynamometer. Since I did not have my own engine building facility, it was installed it in the garage behind our house.

This definitely was not the optimum setup. A true Dyno cell can cost almost as much as the Dyno itself. After about ten minutes of testing, the exhaust fumes would become so strong my eyes would water and I would have to shut everything down and exit the garage as soon as possible. We tried to install our own ventilation system, but the exhaust pressure literally blew the makeshift furnace ducting to shreds on our first pull.

Next came the safety issue. Not having a barrier between the engine and the operator console led to some eye opening moments. When a belt comes off an engine under the hood its not too dangerous. When it comes off and you are the first thing in its path, that is another story! Not only did it hurt, but not knowing at first what had came off - I don't think it would have been possible to run out of the garage any faster!

Soon, the neighbors began to not like my new little toy! (A 500 Horsepower Small Block Chevy at 7000rpm can get quite a bit of attention, including the local law enforcement!). This experience eventually led to a full time job Dyno testing engines. Hundreds of Chevy, Ford and Chrysler engines ranging from 250 cubic inches to over 600 were tested. We became very good at predicting power levels even before the first pull was ever made. Using a calculator and a notepad, we developed a formula the could come within about 15 horsepower of the test results.

Since race car parts are expensive, I started thinking of a better way to get  optimum engine combinations without all the expensive trial and error testing. There were already other Engine Simulation Software packages available, but they were cumbersome to use and usually completely off on their results. I knew there was a better way.

The year 1998 marked the start of a two year long journey of incorporating this knowledge into a computer software program. In September 2000 Version 1.0 was released. We traveled all around the Midwest to swap meets and trade shows demonstrating the ability of our software. This was a tough time, normally we would have to leave a 2am the morning for early vendor setups. The next evening we would return at midnight. There were times we setup outside in the mud, snow, wind and cold. After months of this grueling schedule, we decided to sell exclusively online.

On November 25, 2000 virtualengine2000.com came to life. By April 10, 2001 we had our first internet sale and it hasn't slowed down since. Today we have thousands of users all across the United States, Norway, England, Spain, Australia and New Zealand!

From the very start, we have designed Virtual Engine Dyno with the user in mind. We strive to continuously make our programs the simplest and most powerful on the market. In the past year we have had a 10:1 growth ratio, even with the struggling economy. We look forward to working with each and everyone of you in 2003 and beyond to bring you the absolute best in engine simulation software!

Sales: Sales@virtualengine2000.com

Technical Support: Techhelp@virtualengine2000.com

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