We're getting ready for 2016
We have done quite a bit of work on the '27 since last time it was featured here. We've had a one-of-a-kind custom grill made and installed, transmission rebuild after ripping third gear out of it and lots of other little details. There are still things we want to do to this car, but I am sure there will ALWAYS be things we want to change, add, upgrade or modify......that's the whole fun of this hobby.
We will be adding updates, new pics and/or videos everyday. We are going to list some DFW area shows and other Hot Rod related events along with featuring many of our past award winners and favorites.
One Top Fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows at the NASCAR Daytona 500.
Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1 1/2 gallons of nitro methane per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster supercharger.
With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
At the stoichiometric 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture for nitro methane the flame front temperature measures 7050 degrees F.
Nitro methane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing exhaust gases.
Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.
Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during one pass. After half-way, the engine is dieseling from compression plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.
If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders and then explodes with sufficient force to blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.
In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G's. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the launch acceleration approaches 8G's.
Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have completed reading this sentence.
Top Fuel Engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light!
Including the burnout the engine must only survive 900 revolutions under load.
The red-line is actually quite high at 9500 rpm.
The Bottom Line; Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs an estimated US $1,000.00 per second.
The current Top Fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.440 seconds for the quarter mile (10/01/05, Tony Schumacher) The top speed record is 336.15 mph as measured over the last 66' of the run (05/25/05, Schumacher).
Putting all of this into perspective:
You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter "twin-turbo" powered Corvette Z06. Over a mile up the road, a Top Fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a quarter mile strip as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the 'Vette hard up through the gears and blast across the starting line and past the dragster at an honest 200 mph. The 'tree' goes green for both of you at that moment. The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down hard, but you hear an incredibly brutal whine that sears your eardrums and within 3 seconds the dragster catches and passes you. He beats you to the finish line, a quarter mile away from where you just passed him. Think about it, from a standing
start, the dragster had spotted you 200 mph and not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1320 foot long race course.
JimBob's response to that is, "Now that's acceleration".
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Jeff Kinsey's 32 Ford 4 dr
This spectacular car was revealed at Autorama and competed for the Ridler Award in Detroit 2014. It did not win that coveted award, but did make it to the 'Great 8'. Built at Hot Rods by JSK in Cumby, Texas, this car is one of the most amazing builds I have seen this year. I had seen lots of pictures of this one, but to see it in person and to have the advantage of my good friend Alan, from A&R Classic Restorations, personally show me some of the hidden touches made it all the more impressive. We will be producing a video of this car from the pictures and video we shot this day, so check back right here to see that video. For now, just scroll through these pictures. We will give more details and info in the video when it's released in the coming days. (click any photo below to enlarge).
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