Top Fuel Drag boats

Posted by Tom Ford at 7:14 am on Thursday November 27, 2008

Listen to the stats: 7000bhp, 4-second quarters at 255mph, on nitro-meth. These guys are just like us, except with rudders. I wonder how different the motors are, and how complex the aero/hydrodynamics? There’s a lot that goes on in a lake – and straight drag racing can be technical enough…

  1. Torch(USA) said...
    Thursday November 27, 2008 at 12:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Nuts.

  2. ZiPP said...
    Thursday November 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Some great photos from a drag boat run that went a little wrong recently.

    http://markjrebilas.com/b log/2008/11/one-driver-le arns-that-at-200mph-water -isnt-as-soft-as-it-looks  /

  3. Af said...
    Thursday November 27, 2008 at 5:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I need me nitro-meth!!!

  4. m0jo said...
    Friday November 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’ve actually seen them racing tracks with this.. imagine turning corners in those things :|

  5. xblade said...
    Friday November 28, 2008 at 6:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Mad. and a bit stupid.

  6. richied3454 said...
    Saturday November 29, 2008 at 1:30 am Link to comment Report comment

    wow!!! thats all i can say why not put that engine in a car?

  7. Chewbacca said...
    Saturday November 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm Link to comment Report comment

    They do, and they’re even quicker. Top fuel dragsters run 4.5 second standing quarter miles with a terminal velocity of 330mph. If you love the internal combustion engine, you have to get to a drag meet at least once in your life.

  8. A4R0N said...
    Saturday November 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    INSANE

  9. Mikeado said...
    Saturday November 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I really quite like these. They make a Veyron seem like May’s everyday car! And, er, resoundingly not waterproof.

    It’s a lot more dangerous than F1 though, despite the big open space. If too much air gets under the front, it does a backflip. If the front goes under, it does a front flip. Neither usually end well.

    Actually, y’know how the front can lift up and cause disaster? Well, what if a pop-up wing on the front could be designed to only create enough downforce to keep it flat and not push it under? Pop-up in that it could hide behind an aerodynamic shield or something when it would only cause trouble. If I could put a picture up I’d show anyone interested what I mean.

  10. Zat said...
    Saturday November 29, 2008 at 9:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    7000BHP Hmm a little more than a V8. how big then W24?

  11. Tak said...
    Sunday November 30, 2008 at 11:23 am Link to comment Report comment

    Neh, not my taste. Too many guys get killed and I really like cornering.

  12. keithd86 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Don’t worry Zat, they’re only V8s. Top Fuel dragsters use Hemi, and get about 8000bhp- it’s all in the nitro-methane…

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    I use to ride a 9 second dragbike, I can’t imagine an 8,000 H.P. monster. No room for error-point and shoot.

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