We Came, We Saw, We Raced
Yello Belly Drag Strip (Grand Prairie , Texas)
And so, another day of racing is in the books. We continue to learn and get better, but we are still chasing our first win. But not being the winner doesn't mean we didn't have a great time. Not only did we get to put our car through it's paces, but we got to hang out with some friends and make a few new ones, too. A great big thanks goes out to Jeff and Robin Engle for letting us hang out with them in their trailer between races....the sun was pretty brutal and the shade they provided was a much needed relief. As some of you may know, we have been following some of Jeff's exploits with his 1966 4-door Chevelle since last year. He managed to pull off his fastest ever 1/8 mile speed. He managed to go just a little over 102mph in just 660ft. That is an impressive run....but do you think jeff was satisfied....NO!!!....while he did have a great big smile on his face after that, the only thing he said was...."next time we go 103". Now that, folks, is how the mind of a true racer works.
The video we shot from this event has been handed over to our production department and will be coming soon. There was alot of great racing happening at 'Yello Belly Drag Strip' and we are going to bring some of that action to you. This track has been in operation since 1955 and is the oldest operating track in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex. And when I say it's the oldest...I mean it. This track still has a lot of the old school feel, from the tight staging lanes to the spectator areas that are only a couple feet from the track, from one end to the other. This set up made it very hard to get alot of decent shots of the racing action, but I think I managed to get some....I guess we will all see when the video comes back from production....I can hardly wait...how about you?
Nostalgia Nationals Teaser Video
Super Chevy, Ennis Texas 2013
For the second year in a row, Hot Rods Now, went to Super Chevy in Ennis Texas. We showed and raced a Camaro. Last year we took our 1990 IROC Z...this year we took pur 1970 SS Camaro. I won't give anything away, but lets just say our curse of showing up to the drag strip and not getting to race has ended. Also, we went a little faster than last year. In fact we beat the time we had in our IROC by 1.76 seconds. Watch for the video coming very soon (See Video Here). We will also be bringing you some of the great cars we saw there on our "Picture Of The Day" page starting tomorrow. So come on back and see what we saw. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Tiffany, the driver of our Camaro, was the only female driver in the drag racing event this year. This didn't intimidate her or slow her down one bit. In fact, I think it just gave her more incentive to go out there and try to beat the pants off the guys. I don't want to give anything away, but let's just say that her competitive nature made her push the Camaro harder and harder every time she pulled up to the tree....and she got faster and faster with every pass. (see video above)
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Who Is "The Phoenix Insurance"
There is one thing every Hot-Rodder, Classic Car owner, and weekend enthusiast has got to have. That's good insurance to protect their investment. When it comes to good coverage, low rates and the kind of personal service you expect and demand, there is no other place to get it all except The Phoenix Insurance. I found The Phoenix Insurance at a car show. That's right...they don't just sell Classic and Collector car insurance...they really participate in the hobby. In fact, they have an amazing build that we will cover here in the very near future, but for now let's talk about them. They had a sign above their booth that said "Ask me how I can save you money on your insurance"....so I asked them. It turns out they offer all the services we, as car-guys want, like flat bed towing, road side assistance, agreed value and so much more. What they offered was as good as or in most cases better than my current coverage. But then we got down to the nuts and bolts....How much does it cost? The quote they gave me was a significant savings over the policy I currently have. If that wasn't enough to make me change my mind, the courteous service I received from the knowlegable staff was. These folks really know cars and have a genuine interest in providing the best coverage at the most reasonable rates.
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Getting Prepared.....Caver Style
When the Caver family shows up to the race track, you better have your 'A' game with you. The patriarch of this racing clan is at times both the brains and the muscle of this operation. The car you see below (click any pic to enlarge) is built primarily by his hands in his shop. This car will be competing in a class intended for those that are truly serious about the art of being quick (5.80 index). These pictures were taken by one of the sons and here is the info he relayed onto us.
"I was over at my dad’s shop last night and took a few pictures of the new powder coated aluminum that he is doing on the new race car. I think it looks pretty cool but is actually functional as well. It’s textured for some traction and to help keep things from sliding around as much. It will also hide sweat marks, scratches, and spills. The square box in front of the radiator is the cover for the fuel cell (that small red container in front of the radiator). There are a lot of pop rivets there that had to be drilled out and now are being added back. I really like the looks of the black interior."---David Caver
Well, David.....we also like the looks of that black interior and can't wait for the first runs down the track this season. For the record, the fastest pass this car has ever made is a 5.38....David indicated to me, that they throttle it back to make the 5.80 index.
Hwy 80 Progressive Car Cruise Video
Last year in September I attended the Hwy 80 Progressive Car Cruise. This annual event is held in east Texas and goes to four cities, for four different car shows in one day. The event usually draws quite a large crowd at each venue along with the caravan of great cars that cruises from city to city. This one looked like it was going to be rained out....but it wasn't...Oh, don't get me wrong. It rained, alright. In fact, it rained for
the entire 15 hours I was in a car that day without stopping once....not even for five minutes. But there were plenty of other fun loving car enthusiasts like myself and Captain Smokey (we were in his Amphicar, The Texas Shark). I could tell you about the cars we saw and some of the stuff we did, but I think I'll just show you. I have put together a video using some of the pics and video we shot that day. I hope you like it....we sure had fun making it.
As a side note, I think you should know that me and Capt. Smokey were in that car for the entire day with the top down and even went for a quick spin on one of the lakes we passed. Luckily, since it's an Amphicar (half car/half boat) it came equipped with a bilge pump to remove all the rain water. Check out the video on our Car Show Videos Page.
Wild Bill Appears On "Car Brokers"
The producer of a new show that will begin airing on CNBC in the spring invited me to appear on their show. The premise of the show is about a guy from Lubbock Texas who goes around the country looking for cars to buy and sell and trade, etc. They contacted me and asked if I had a car I'd be willing to sell on TV. My answer was a quick 'yes'....I am always willing to sell if the money is right....TV or not, money is money and if I sell one, it just means I get
to go buy another. In the end, they weren't really interested in my Camaro....maybe the price was a little high, maybe they were looking for a car in a little better shape or maybe I was just so darn good looking that the host was intimidated (if you ask me, it was the third option....LOL), but either way, I drove my car home at the end of the day. The cars they were looking at were all over the map in style and price range.....I think this may very well be a good show when it begins airing. While there is no shortage of car shows on TV, there is always room for one more good one....I'll be sure to keep you updated as to when this show finally makes it on the air.
Introducing Holley Cruise
HotRodsNow.com Has It's First Correspondent
The picture above and the pictures below are some pictures of our very own Holley Cruise. We are hoping, as I'm sure you are too, that Holley makes lots more appearances here. Not only does she love everything about the culture of fast cars, but she knows how to have a good time while enjoying them. Never being one to shy away from a challenge or a new experience, Holley has jumped into this realm with her eyes wide open and her foot firmly mashing the gas. For as long as I have known her, I have never once heard her say she didn't like a car. In fact, as a little bit of a joke, we sent her out to Rod's Car Craft in Wylie Texas, and told her she was suppose to check out an all hand built custom car. That part of the story was true. We started by having her check out to of the most incredible cars there. She was definately having a good time. That's when we suprised her with the 'hand built car'. This is one you have just got to see.
To see the video just click on over to our "Fun Video's" page and choose the video titled "Holley Cruise & The Contraption"
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Wild Bill Test Drives An Audi R8
In today's world, it's best if a guy does little sweet things for the woman he loves...things he does just because he loves her....and for no other reason than that.....and if that guy is truly lucky, his wonderful woman will return the favor and get him special things he would really like.....things like making arrangements for him to get his hands on an Audi R8 for an hour. After all, that's how I scored this test drive....it was all arranged by my beautiful wife. All I had to do was show up and drive the dickens outta this car. I sure love her.
Here are a few facts about this Audi R8:
4.2L FSI V8 engine
430 hp @ 7900 rpm
316 ft lb torque @ 4500 rpm
0-60 in 4.4 seconds
All Wheel Drive
Automatic trans with manual mode and paddle shifters
Top speed 187 mph
This particular car came with every option available for this model, including the carbon fiber body package and carbon fiber in the engine bay. That alone was a $4500 option. Total cost on this car as delivered was $143,000....and they let me drive it....Well if you wanna see how that went, just watch the video below. I would like to thank my 'guide' David for going the extra mile and shooting some film for me while we were out driving. That was above and beyond the call of duty. If you wanna drive this car or one of the other half dozen or so exotics they have, just check out 'DFW Drive Your Dream'.
Here is a list of cars you can drive:
2012 Porshce Spyder
Remembering The 1969 ZL1 Camaro (COPO 9560)
In 1969 Fred Gibb wanted a more powerful car to race. The NHRA required that at least 50 cars had to go into production before it could qualify to race in the 'Super Stock' series. With that in mind, Gibb intended to sell all 50 cars through his own dealership. Eventually 69 of these beasts were built. Yenko and Berger were already selling COPO 9561 and COPO 9737 (Central Office Processing Order) Camaros with the monster 427 motors...but those were iron block cars. GM decided to produce the COPO 9560 with an aluminum block 427. The cars started life as a 396 SS car, sans stripes and badges. They had the factory's best suspension set-up (F4I) along with race capable heavy duty brakes, heavy duty springs and a race ready 4 speed. Right out of the box, this car was capable of turning low 13's with the stock exhaust and anemic looking stock tires. Throw on some slicks, a set of headers and do a little tuning to the car and it could easily achieve mid 11's at well over 120 mph. Not bad for right off the showroom floor in 1969. Dick Harrel was one the best known tuners for these cars and often worked closely with Gibbs. Dick could get them consistantly turning 10's. Many a record was broken and set by this Camaro during that time period.
If you knew what you were looking at and bought one of these, it came with a factory 5yr/50,000 mile warranty. After all, these were completely street legal factory built cars. Of the original 50 cars that Fred had hoped to sell, he was only able to move 13 of these cars and eventually returned more than that to the factory, where they were re-invoiced and many were then sold through other high performance dealerships. Several had their engines removed for use in other projects...after all, the engine really was the reason to buy this four wheeled missle. Originally this engine was designed for the Can-Am Chapparal. It was without a doubt, the most powerful engine GM offered and was capable of producing over 500 hp from the factory. But all those go fast goodies couldn't keep buyers from suffering from serious sticker shock. With a price of $7269 it was almost double the cost of a COPO 9560 with a cast iron block. So with such a narrow window of buyers, the high cost and the intention of being a race car, these are very very rare Camaros. It's easy to see why these sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, even getting near the million mark. These don't come onto the open market very often, but when they do, the big guns come out, and they come out swinging big wallets. But hey, if I had 'silly money' I would be one of the guys trying to buy one too.
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Test Driving A 5th Gen Camaro
Until this past week I had not had the chance to test drive a 5th Gen Camaro. I flew from my home in Texas to North Carolina for the holidays and was going to rent a car to drive from North Carolina to South Carolina as my wife and I visited both sides of our family. So I figured, 'what better time to take that test drive'. We rented a bright yellow Camaro and a GPS and began our holiday adventure. Right out of the parking lot, it was clear that, although this was only the 6 cylinder, it was not lacking in get-up-and-go. The steering was tight, responsive and very crisp. It was a breeze to drive. The visibilty out of all four corners of the car was not to bad and about what I expected. My wife, Tiffany, was a little less impressed with the visibility, but agreed that it would just take a little getting use to. The interior was fairly basic, but this was a base level rental. No suprises there. All the gauges and indicators were easy to see and read once I set the tilt wheel to the right position. At first I couldn't see the turn signal indicators, but a simple tilt-adjustment fixed that. The seats were comfortable for the long six hour drive from one family to the other. The rear seat leg room left a little to be desired, but who needs rear seats? I like the sun-roof, but like all sun-roofs they are a bit noisy at highway speed.
Okay, enough with the looks and styling...what about the performance? As I said earlier, I immediately did a fairly hard acceleration right out of the rental car parking lot and was pleased with the response I got from the long skinny pedal. In no time flat I was nearly double the 45 mph speed limit on the long straight road out of the airport. It was the look I was recieving from the passenger seat that kept me out of triple digits, not the car. In both highway traffic and in-town traffic this sporty little ride had no trouble or hesitation when it came to getting around slower traffic or being the first to leave the light. One afternoon I took my future son-in-law for a quick ride under the ruse of needing to go to the store for a cigar. This was when I gave this car the 'Burn-Out Test'. As I pulled out of my parent neighborhood onto the highway, I turned off the traction control, pulled the gear selector all the way back and mashed the gas to the floor where I held it. It gave us a respectable amount of wheel spin, a little smoke and a suprisingly nice exhaust note at higher rpms. But in all honesty it was unimpressive during this portion of the test...but hey, it is the 6 banger and not the high horsepower V8, so I will cut it a bit of slack here. Later, the following day, as my brother and I headed to the store for yet another cigar (are you seeing a pattern here?) we decided to give the 'manual ' transmission mode a test drive. I had given it a whirl on a previous test drive, but my brother who has a background in SCCA racing put this car through it's paces on a little winding road down by the lake. We both came to same conclusion. The paddle shifters are fun and could be useful if you got some track time. During the high revving turns and during acceleration the exhaust made a nice sound and the car handled fairly well for what it is, but the V6 was just not where it's at. For the real power and the true hot-rod exhaust tone, you gotta get the V8. But as a daily driver for those less inclined to push a car to it's limits, this is perfect. Plenty of power, more than a ton of good looks, and even paddle shifters for a little play time now and then. I would be happy if this was in my driveway........
Buying SLP ZL1 Camaro Is Throwing Away Money Says Old-School Hot-Rodder
As some of you may know I am a member is a couple different car clubs. One of those is a club for first gen Camaros. So when I wrote the piece about the new ZL1 Camaro and followed it with a piece about the SLP upgrade to that already great car, I made sure to forward it to the guys in that club. The blue '69 Camaro you see here, actually competed in the Texas Mile. On race gas it is pushing 750hp at the rear wheels. That means it's pushing about 1000 at the crank. It reached a speed of 195mph. That's faster than a stock Lambo and a Ferrari was able to do in the mile (they were 170 mph range) and just to put things in perspective, keep in mind that this is a stock bodied '69. As the owner told me, "It's like pushing a barn door down the mile". Aero-dynamics are not this cars strong suit.
But when I compared the performance and top speed of the SLP ZL1 to this car, I got a response from another guy in the club. Here is that response:
No offense, but you need to do some more research. First, Keiths 69' ran 195 in a standing mile. With the claimed top speed for the SLP ZL1 of 205mph, it won't happen in a standing mile. Keiths 69' would probably top out at 215-220mph. If you want to throw some money away go with the SLP 427....the ZL1 motor with a now claimed 580hp could easily top 750hp with a pully & some methanol injection for less than $1,000 plus $500 for a tune. So you go drop $80k plus $30k+ for a new 1SS. I'll buy the factory ZL1 & have a total of maybe $60-65 in it blow your doors off & have enough left over to buy a nice 2SS Convertible..........LOL
SLP is going to use a TVS 2300 magnasun supercharger...they need to come out of the dark ages. Kenny Bell for the same money puts that 2300 to shame. SLP is done....there is a new Sheriff in town & it ain't SLP!!
Man, that guy didn't bite his tounge and certainly didn't mince his words. Most of it makes sense and now that I think about it, is probably true. There is just one thing here that keeps bugging me. His claim is that the ZL1 won't make the 205mph top speed from a standing mile. With that kind of horsepower, I am not so sure. I can't say from experience or any info I've been able to uncover, but it just seems to me that a car designed to run 'Balls Out' like the SLP ZL1 could reach it's top speed in that distance. I would assume that gear ratios would also have alot to do with how quickly that could happen, and I can't find any info on what gears will come with car. Either way, it doesn't matter. The part about throwing away money on an SLP upgrade vs a pulley, some methanol and a tune is what really hit home for me. You can believe that I will talk to this old school hot-rodder before I drop any money on power adders. He cartainly knows his stuff and ain't scared to tell ya when he thinks your wrong.
Below are the original articles about the ZL1 and the SLP upgrade
GM Releases Official Performance Numbers For The 2012 ZL1
I first saw this car a few months back at the Dallas Auto Show. It made me want to sell everything I owned, if that's what it would take to buy one. But it appears that the numbers are going be reasonable, if you are lucky enough to get one. So lets start with the performance numbers, first. We all knew that the powerplant for this beast was going to coming in the form of a supercharged 6.2L LSA V8. That is basically the exact same motor in the CTS-V. But as is GM's style, they have breathed on it a little before putting it into the ZL1. It is going to punch out a tire smoking 580 hp and 556 ft/lb of torque. Somewhere in the back ground I hear Tim Allen doing his best 'man-grunt'. But this car is going to be much more than just raw power. It is also going to be equipped with a new Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management system. (more on that sytem in an upcoming article)
Camaro chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, has been quoted as saying, "The ZL1 Camaro delivers supercar performance and technology in the sports car segment." I am hear to say, that if the numbers given out by GM are accurate, that is an understatement. The ZL1 is delivering more horsepower than the Ferrari 458 and more torque than the Aston Martin DB9. Let's not forget that the DB9 is boasting a V12, so that is no small feat. And just to add some icing on the cake, GM is offering this car with a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty. Can you get that on a Ferrari ?
This car is going to have two transmission options. Either a Tremec TR6060 or the 6L90. With the 6L90, there are a plethera of drive-style option to choose from....depending on how you want to treat the car that day. The 'Drive' mode is for daily driving with a shift pattern that will maximize fuel economy and give you smooth shifts that won't make you spill your morning coffee. The 'Sport' mode is set up for more aggressive driving and holds the tranny in lower gears longer for better performance. Finally, you can choose 'Manual' for true manual control that boasts incredibly fast upshifts to leave the competiion in the rear view mirror.
The ZL1 also has several other 'Track-Ready' features, such as an oil cooler that is identical to the system found on the ZR1. The tranny cooler works so well on both the manual and automatic versions that GM has deemed them both track-capable right from the factory. This car even has a rear-diff cooler. And for those high g turns you will be making on the track (or that winding, deserted road only you know about), the high performance fuel delivery system has additional fuel pick-ups on both the primary and secondary sides. There will always be plenty of juice going to the motor if you've got the guts to keep your foot pressed down.
The only place I could find any info on a possible MSRP says it will be in the range of $47K to $48.5K. But that doesn't include a Gas-Guzzler tax or any dealer mark-up. I am gonna guess...and this is only my guess, that they will be closer to the 60K mark. I guess we will just have to wait and see. They are slated to hit dealerships in February of 2012. You can believe I'll be there.....If only to get a closer look.
SLP Makes The ZL1 A 200+ mph Car
The figures and info in the above article is what the car is gonna be as it rolls off the showroom floor if you buy it from GM. By anyone standards that is one super-bad car, and would be impressive at any level. But what happens when a take a car that is already in super-car territory and you add another 50% more hp and a ton other goodies. Well, that is what you get when you let SLP tweek your ZL1 Camaro. There is no more supercharged 6.2L onboad this car anymore...it is now a 427 cubic inch monster and it is still supercharged. Just when you thought 580 hp was alot, SLP pushes that number to 750hp. There many more SLP only goodies added to this limited run. And when I say limited...I mean limited. There will only be 69 of the ZL1/SLP Camaro's built.....EVER. The original factory warranty is voided with these upgrades, but SLP is nice enough to offer you a one year/12,000 mile Limited Warranty. If you actually drive this car the way it is designed to be driven, I would guess that would be outside the limits of the warranty. But before all you left coasters get to excited, this car will NOT be legal for sale in California. Here is a detailed list of all the modifications and add-ons you get with this package.
*Redesigned SLP front fascia with heritage-style grille/bowtie emblem and carbon fiber-finish splitter
*ZL1® fender and rear decklid badges
*SLP forged light-weight wheels, Michelin Sport PS2 tires, and Brembo GT front and rear brakes
*Rear 1/4 panel gill insert graphics
*SLP TVS 2300 Supercharger in Red with 10 PSI boost
*SLP all carbon fiber hood with functional scoop
*Carbon fiber-finish dashboard trim, steering wheel trim, and center console accents
*Katzkin® leather interior trim package (w/cloth Hounds Tooth shown) and ZL1 embroidered headrests
*SLP short-throw shifter with leather-wrapped ZL® shift knob
*High-lip rear spoiler with carbon fiber-finish
*SLP carbon fiber-finish rear diffuser with integrated exhaust outlets and polished aluminum tips
2011 ZL1® CONTENT MSRP $80,000 plus cost of a new 1SS or 2SS with manual transmission
* SLP custom built 427 CID engine w/aluminum block and heads, 10.3:1 Compression ratio
* SLP High Capacity Dual Core Aluminum Radiator
* SLP 1.85:1 high-ratio rocker arms
* SLP TVS 2300 Supercharger with 10 PSI boost (E.O.#D-488-15)
* SLP Blackwing® cold-air induction system
* SLP non-adjustable PCM custom tune w/speed limiter increased to 205+ MPH (est. top speed)
* SLP injection molded engine covers with Carbon Fiber finish, 750HP graphics
* SLP PowerFlo® exhaust system
* SLP long-tube headers w/stock cats
* GM 6-speed manual
* SLP short throw shifter w/ZL shift knob
* ZR-1 clutch assembly w/SLP flywheel
* SLP heavy-duty half shafts
* SLP forged light-weight 9″x20″ front wheels 10.5″ x 20″ rear wheels w/ZL1® center caps.
* Michelin 255/40ZR20 XL Sport PS2 front and 295/35ZR20 XL Sport PS2 rear tires
* Brembo GT front and GT rear brakes with 2 piece 16″ front rotors and 6 piston calipers and 15″ rear rotors and 4 piston calipers
* SLP adjustable coil-over springs-shocks and sway bars
* SLP ZL® all carbon fiber hood
* SLP ZL® high lip rear spoiler w/carbon fiber finish that matches the hood
* Trunk lid carbon fiber finish that matches the hood
* SLP front fascia with unique grille assembly
* SLP front splitter with carbon fiber finish
* SLP gill insert graphics
* SLP rear diffuser with carbon fiber finish and unique exhaust tips with polished aluminum tips
* ZL1® fender and rear deck lid badging (heritage styling)
* Factory bowtie badges front and rear with blue inserts (heritage styling)
* Painted Rear Tail Light Black-Out Panel
* ZL1® sequentially numbered dash plaque and key fobs (1-69)
* ZL1® floor mats
* Katzkin® leather interior trim package for front and rear seats, center console, and arm rests, available in 7 colors that
compliment all available body colors, plus hounds tooth cloth seat
inserts (heritage), with ZL1 embroidered logo in head rests, and bowtie
on seat backs.
Available Katzin Interior Accent Colors
ASH – MEDIUM RED – ORANGE – PACIFIC – VANILLA – SUNRISE RED – HOUNDS TOOTH (CLOTH)
* Faux Leather Bound Portfolio, Owner’s Manual, Window Sticker, Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin
* ZL1® Car Cover
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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Wild Bill's Video Pick
Here's a submission by our long time viewer and good friend Joe Hudson. I can just imagine how much fun it must have been this day with all the old cars running up an down the drag strip and a buch of cool old planes flying over head. It must have been a sensory overload......if you don't believe me, see for yourself.
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