Top Fuel Dragster Facts

I wonder how cool dragsters can reach such crazy streak. You don’t need to be a fan of drag racing. Some of interesting top fuel dragster facts I have summarized bellow might make you shock:

  • The Top fuel dragster can reach streak on 1/4 mile (400m) in just 4,5 seconds. I don’t believe at first about this fact, but it is real. The top speed when crossing the finish line will be more than 330mph or (530km/h). It means they take a path along 0-100kmh only need 0,63 second. It is even faster than spaceship speed.
  • Top fuel dragster must be the most exciting drag racing by 6.000 KW of energy created. Before they go racing, they spin the wheels to get a maximum racing result.
  • One top fuel dragster is powered with a 500 cubic-inch replica dodge. The Hemi engine produces horsepower equal with 8,000 HP.
  • Using full throttle, 11,2 gallons of nitro will be consumed for a dragster engine. Meanwhile, Boeing 747 consumes fuel jet at the same portion but produce 25% less energy.
  • To drive a dragster’s supercharger is not enough by using Dodge Hemi V8 stock.
  • The spectacular white flame is produced and can be seen above the stacks at the night. It is raw burning hydrogen which is the water vapor dissociated by the searing gas.
  • Each spark plug is supplied by Dual magnetos which produce 44 amps
  • During a pass, spark plug electrodes will be consumed when the 1/2 way thru ends, the engine will be “dieseling” from the compression. The only way to shut down the exhaust valves which is at 1400 degrees F is that by cutting the fuel flow.
  • When the failure spark happened in the early run, the unburned nitro will create an explosion which is enough to split the block.
  • And the draggers reach 300 MPH+ before you finish read this sentence.
  • One of drag racing is Top Fuel Bike, as the fastest bike, faster than any other car even Formula 1 (except the Top Fuel Dragster exactly)

Massive Crush

Seeing the speed of the top fuel level, an accident is never can be avoided.  Some unbelievable crash happened in racing season in the top fuel world. The worst  came to Lamattina which leads him to end the season and leave the racing world.

On last June 6, 2015, a disaster headed to Winternationals getting Phil Lamattina crashed in the second round. In quick response, the safety crew was on the scene and get Lamattina on the local hospital sooner. His future in top fuel world is still unclear following the crash. Lamattina stated that the crash is not the main reason of his withdraw. It was about the losing of passion for racing. Lamattina told a family life is his only reason to leave then.

Seeing racing at the tribunal is just so great feeling to get involved on the speed racing in the track.  Racers might think it is a pride and nothing can replace it until things like life should stop them to stop and leave everything. But, hey. Lamattina is just the part of the history. There will be more about him at the future with the greatest surprise.