Top Fuel Dragster Tire Distortion

Discussion in 'General' started by condon66, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. metricdevilmoto

    metricdevilmoto Just forking around

    Nuts. The crew chief basically described each injector as a garden hose. I can see he was understating a bit.
     
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  2. NemesisR6

    NemesisR6 Gristle McThornbody

    Still on my bucket list to check out the Gatornationals one year......
     
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  3. drop

    drop Well-Known Member

    When I was doing it full time, we ran 5 passes on a set before we changed them.
     
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  4. drop

    drop Well-Known Member

    Kinda old info. We don't even run pro stock trucks anymore ;)
     
  5. Mongo

    Mongo Administrator

    Coolest thing I've ever done in racing is stand between two of them at Vegas during a qualifying run about 15' before the lights.
     
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  6. JJJerry

    JJJerry Well-Known Member

    Spark plugs are a big challenge! I worked with a few teams early in my career - pretty wild stuff. I got to stand behind the tree during a practice session at Indy - incredible.

    What's neat to consider is that in a pass, a fuel car engine only makes ~540 revolutions - and trashes nearly everything!!!
     
  7. SpeedyTide

    SpeedyTide 'Bama's Bad Boy

    It should be on every gearhead's bucket list to attend an NHRA event and experience the Top Fuel & Funny Cars!

    Your first time.... don't wear earplugs if you can stand it! I didn't when I went, and I was fine during & after, but if I went again, or often, I would wear them more often than not. Gotta go to the pits and get right up there for when they crank & blip the throttle testing the motor after rebuilding..... HO-LEE-CHIT!! Feeling your insides vibrate when they take off.....INSANE!!!
     
  8. SpeedyTide

    SpeedyTide 'Bama's Bad Boy

    I believe it's been said that a Top Fuel could spot an Indy Car a 175mph rolling start, and would still beat it to the finish.
     
  9. metricdevilmoto

    metricdevilmoto Just forking around

    And getting fogged out on unburned nitro.
     
  10. awalk9905

    awalk9905 Gold Member

    And watch people hit the ground in tears :crackup:
     
  11. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert

    What's more impressive is the cubic sponsor dollars thrown at an event that results in nothing moving towards the consumer. It's not like a lot of Top Fuel tech makes it's way into daily drivers. Then not to mention the total amount of time a sponsors logo is seen on track. The dollar per second number is astronomical when compared to some thing like Napcar and such. Still don't understand the business model.
     
  12. metricdevilmoto

    metricdevilmoto Just forking around

    There's no Camry parts on that Toyota NASCAR, either.

    I recall there being A LOT of people at the drag races. And they're on TV. If you've got both of those things, the money will be there.
     
  13. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert

    No..I get that. The amount of time that the consumer stairs at that Camry on track is way more than the time they see that top fuel car. The Top fuel spectacle is better however.
     
  14. R Acree

    R Acree WTF

    It works well for a short attention span audie...squirrel.
     
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  15. Still one of the best experiences is to watch one of them take a run and feeling like you got punched in the chest when you're standing 20 feet away. Last time I watched top fuel cars was in Vegas the day before a WERA round about 3 years ago.

    Do they still "cement" the cooling passages on them? I absolutely love the mechanical side of this stuff.
     
  16. Steeltoe

    Steeltoe Breaker of chains.

    Back before they encased blowers in kevlar that would be a risky place to be. Those things would go pop and send shrapnel every which way!
     
  17. Past Glory

    Past Glory Well-Known Member

    They tap into that "primal" desire that's on display every time a traffic light goes green and someone "wins" the takeoff.
     
  18. fastfreddie

    fastfreddie Well-Known Member

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  19. Mongo

    Mongo Administrator

    It's advertising not development. What's so hard to understand?
     
  20. Mongo

    Mongo Administrator

    Yep, wouldn't have done it in the old days - well I might have but wouldn't have let Evelyne :D
     
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