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Old 12-31-2018, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I was once mildly interested in drag racing, but mostly at the bracket level rather than the semi/pro level. Now that top fuel engines have passed the point where their horsepower can be measured, it's all as surreal as kabuki to me.

But then, so is the telemetry-driven wheeled computer combat of F1 (drivers optional).
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Coastal, NC
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i remember when funny cars looked like this


Looking at this pic, you can see how they got their name.The funny looking cars. The wheelbase was moved for better weight transfer, better traction. This lasted a few years, then modifying the Wb went away but the name stuck.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Looking at this pic, you can see how they got their name.The funny looking cars. The wheelbase was moved for better weight transfer, better traction. This lasted a few years, then modifying the Wb went away but the name stuck.
They were dragsters with a full-wrap body, instead of a more or less stock configuration car.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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Old 12-31-2018, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Coastal, NC
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They were dragsters with a full-wrap body, instead of a more or less stock configuration car.

Not so. Most of these cars still had the drivers seat in the same position as stock. Full tube chassis's hadn't taken over just yet. Then the more modern funny car you see now. But you can go with what you like.
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Not so. Most of these cars still had the drivers seat in the same position as stock. Full tube chassis's hadn't taken over just yet. Then the more modern funny car you see now. But you can go with what you like.
Well, details of construction aside, the ones I most clearly recall closely resembled front-engine dragsters in almost every respect except for the absurdly stretched and reshaped body. There have been several eras of evolution, though.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:08 PM
 
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It is pretty amazing how fast those things can go. They have over 10,000 horsepower and go over 300 mph in less than 4 seconds.

I just looked up some stuff about them and found out that it takes about 1000 horsepower just to turn their super charger, they suck down about 11 gallons of fuel per second, and most of their spark plugs don't even make it to the end of a race. They completely melt themselves into a glob due to the intense heat and pressure, and then the engine continues to run like a diesel thru to the finish line.

Here's a pic of a "consumed" spark plug that I found...

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Old 12-31-2018, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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In Detroit we have Autorama America’s greatest hot rod show they have some funny cars and all types of hotrods from all over the country.

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Old 12-31-2018, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I thought this would be about Crosleys and Henry-Js.
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Old 01-01-2019, 09:30 AM
 
Location: MN
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It is pretty amazing how fast those things can go. They have over 10,000 horsepower and go over 300 mph in less than 4 seconds.

I just looked up some stuff about them and found out that it takes about 1000 horsepower just to turn their super charger, they suck down about 11 gallons of fuel per second, and most of their spark plugs don't even make it to the end of a race. They completely melt themselves into a glob due to the intense heat and pressure, and then the engine continues to run like a diesel thru to the finish line.

Here's a pic of a "consumed" spark plug that I found...
The fuel line would have to be fire hose or bigger and have a 50-60 gallon fuel tank. They burn between 12-23 gallons per burnout, idle, run. I used to go watch the NHRA qualifying at a track in Brainerd in northern MN. Since the track is a part of road course, you could walk with the cars from the pits to drag strip and actually watch it from being on the track (not bleachers) behind the cars. Great view to see the top fuel tires become skinny and race away from you, great special angle.
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