Saturday, January 29, 2011

Grant at obp's Tech Talk - Drag Racing.

This is a little bit of info that will make you smile. 
Drag Racing Facts that will blow your mind!!

Did you know that......

1. The nitromethane powered engine of a Top Fuel Dragster produces more than 8000 horsepower. That's about 43 times that of the average street car.

2. Just one of the eight cylinders in a Top Fuel Dragster produces 800 horsepower. Equal to the entire output of a Formula 1 engine!

3. A Top Fuel Dragster accelerates from 0-100 mph in less than 0.8 seconds. Almost 11 times quicker than a production Porsche 911 Turbo takes to reach the same speed!

4. A Top Fuel Dragster leaves the starting line with the force 6 times that of gravity! That's the same force that the Space Shuttle leaves the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA.

5. A Top Fuel Dragster is slowed by a reverse force 7 times that of gravity when both parachutes deploy simultaneously at the end of a run (race).

6. 12-15 gallons of fuel are used in a single, complete run.
A complete run is made up of the following:

The Burnout - This is where the tyres are warmed up to race temperature.

Back-up-to-Start - The car is positioned on the start line ready to race.

The Race - 1000 feet at over 270 mph!

7. A Top Fuel Dragster can travel the length of 4 football fields in less than 5 seconds!

8. A Top Fuel Dragster accelerates faster than a Jumbo Jet, a Fighter Jet and a Formula 1 car!

9. A Top Fuel Dragster can exceed 270 mph in less than 660 feet!

10. The 17inch tyres on a Top Fuel Dragster wear out after 4-6 races or less than 2 miles! Some conventional road tyres are guaranteed to last for 80,000 miles.
Have a look at the Santa Pod web site to see when these cars are racing:Santa Pod
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