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hey all u gearheads....my dad e-mailed me some nitro trivia..

Nitro Trivia

This needs to be a thrill ride ! Strap me on !!
* One Top Fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower
than the first 4 rows at the Daytona 500.
* Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 11/2 gallons of
nitromethane 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 nitromethane the flame
front temperature measures 7050 degrees F.
* Nitromethane 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 a pass. After ½ 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 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 redline is actually quite high at 9500rpm.
* 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 4.441 seconds for the
quarter mile (10/05/03, Tony Schumacher). The top speed record is 333.00
mph. (533 km/h) as measured over the last 66' of the run (09/28/03 Doug
Kalitta).

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.

That folks... is acceleration.

AND one other thing -- it don't corner with a crap!
 

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That's why I love the nitro cars!

Red96Bird,
Do you go to the big races much? I go when I can. I got started at an early age with my dad. It was a tradition for him and his friends to go to the gator nationals in florida. When I turned 6 he took me to the southern nationals at commerce, ga. I have been going about every year since then.

I think we need to get a group of people from the Ga, Al, TN, SC, NC areas together and go to the big boys race at commerce, ga in march 2004.

Russell
 

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Ive never been to a big race at a dragstrip...unfortunately... they used to come by here all the time before they tore down detroit dragway because that track was NHRA certified or somethin like that but now the closest tracks are like 2 hours away i think....

i have been to the track however... 2 times with me racing the bird :D and the one other time over a summer with my dad to like an all mopar invite or somethin along those lines.... i always wanted to go but never got the chance.

I used to be more into the Nascar Racing... I have been to a couple of their races at Michigan International Speedway.
 

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You really need to go to the NHRA website and find out when there is race close to you and go. As you can probably imagine there is no other feeling in the world close to two top fuel dragsters or funny cars at full throttle coming down the track. It just crazy. Make sure you take your ear protection though as more than one pass without your ears covered could really hurt your hearing. It doesn't matter though b/c the sound that you hear with your ears is so loud that your brain can't really comprehend it. It just kind of comes out as varying frequencies of static if that makes sense. Bottom line: YOU NEED TO GO! You won't regret it.:D Now you have me ready to go to the gatornationals.

Russell
 

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I went to my first NHRA event this year. All I can say is that any expectation I had of what it would be like was simply blown away. Incredible, unbelievable, rediculous, and shocking are a few of the words that come to mind.
When the cars go by, you feel a shock wave that makes your clothes, hair, and even your skin tremble. Its the coolest thing I have ever experienced in the would of motorsports. Needless to say, I'll be attending every NHRA race that comes around my area from now on out.
 

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Well I guess I am a spolied lil Biotch :D I get to take a feild trip every year to the NHRA races.. Thanks Auto Tech. For any1 whos never been. Its an experence that can only be seen.



Mike
 

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1Bad-95Cougar said:
Well I guess I am a spolied lil Biotch :D I get to take a feild trip every year to the NHRA races.. Thanks Auto Tech. For any1 whos never been. Its an experence that can only be seen.



Mike
moms ex used to work the heads for the Mopar top Fuel car..i got to go to the Gaotr Nationals every year, also the Mid South Nationals and Bandimere.

joseph
 
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