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(YouTube)   Definition of a good airplane landing: one you can walk away from. Definition of a good funny car race: one you can walk away from after an explosion blows off the entire back of your car at nearly 300 mph   (youtube.com) divider line 26
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2014-02-19 09:27:46 AM  
The slow-mo at 1:30 makes it worth it.

Whump.
 
2014-02-19 10:26:27 AM  
Heh, he's together enough afterward to ask for his time and speed for the run.
 
2014-02-19 10:43:09 AM  
"Check the oil, and I'll be needing some new underwear....."
 
2014-02-19 11:12:59 AM  
That's what happens when you don't check your blinker fluid.
 
2014-02-19 11:29:01 AM  
And he even kept control of it.  Good job, funny car man.
 
2014-02-19 11:29:59 AM  
Can someone who knows about cars explain how that happens?  Seems like this kind of catastrophic explosion is not unheard of in drag-racers/funny-cars. What is it, exactly, that's exploding? Does the head blow off? Exhaust manifold melt? What's blowing up?
 
2014-02-19 11:42:06 AM  

RobotSpider: What's blowing up?


I'd have to go with a "yes".

In all honesty though, it's really touch to tell what would have went first.  Crank, piston, rod, head - who knows.  Once one is fubar'd, then all the rest fail in spectacular fashion, even as quick as the safety systems are designed to engage now.
 
2014-02-19 11:43:31 AM  

apt311: it's really touch to tell


or even 'tough' at times
 
2014-02-19 12:04:50 PM  
Would have been funnier if Taco Bell had been his sponsor.
 
2014-02-19 12:20:07 PM  

apt311: I'd have to go with a "yes".


Ok, so it could be any/all of the above, fair enough. Cascading failure makes sense after the first thing goes. Just didn't know if that particular explosive failure was typical of one or another component.  Thanks!
 
2014-02-19 12:22:39 PM  

AbiNormal: Would have been funnier if Taco Bell had been his sponsor.


In my experience, Taco Bell induced failure results in hotter exhaust and leaky seals and gaskets.  YMMV though.
 
2014-02-19 12:54:55 PM  

RobotSpider: Can someone who knows about cars explain how that happens?  Seems like this kind of catastrophic explosion is not unheard of in drag-racers/funny-cars. What is it, exactly, that's exploding? Does the head blow off? Exhaust manifold melt? What's blowing up?


It's usually a blower explosion. In older videos it was obvious because you could see the blower flying through the air. New safety rules mandate straps and blankets over the blower.

This video shows (skip to 1:54) a low rpm explosion. Watch the top portion of the engine.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z0aROJz2VGE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D z0 aROJz2VGE
 
2014-02-19 01:01:21 PM  

nyseattitude: RobotSpider: Can someone who knows about cars explain how that happens?  Seems like this kind of catastrophic explosion is not unheard of in drag-racers/funny-cars. What is it, exactly, that's exploding? Does the head blow off? Exhaust manifold melt? What's blowing up?

It's usually a blower explosion. In older videos it was obvious because you could see the blower flying through the air. New safety rules mandate straps and blankets over the blower.

This video shows (skip to 1:54) a low rpm explosion. Watch the top portion of the engine.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z0aROJz2VGE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D z0 aROJz2VGE


Sorry, forgot to include the actual cause. It's typically an intake valve malfunction allowing fuel to combust outside of it's designated chamber.
 
2014-02-19 01:10:16 PM  
Shouldn't have used a GoPow camera.
 
2014-02-19 02:32:27 PM  
Nothing will ever beat the walking-on-water speed boat disintegration, even if it's fake and I don't want to know if it is.  But that was pretty close.
 
2014-02-19 02:58:53 PM  

nyseattitude: Sorry, forgot to include the actual cause. It's typically an intake valve malfunction allowing fuel to combust outside of it's designated chamber.


To a non car-guy, that's some scary shiat right there.  Just working along and suddenly BANG.  I'm guessing these guys get used to it (maybe?), but I'm too caffeinated to be able to brush that off. Like playing Perfection as a kid.  Let's see, X on X, square on squa...POPJESUSCHRISTWHATWASTHAT. Every time.

Thanks for the explanation!
 
2014-02-19 03:42:46 PM  

RobotSpider: nyseattitude: Sorry, forgot to include the actual cause. It's typically an intake valve malfunction allowing fuel to combust outside of it's designated chamber.

To a non car-guy, that's some scary shiat right there.  Just working along and suddenly BANG.  I'm guessing these guys get used to it (maybe?), but I'm too caffeinated to be able to brush that off. Like playing Perfection as a kid.  Let's see, X on X, square on squa...POPJESUSCHRISTWHATWASTHAT. Every time.

Thanks for the explanation!


You should been in the stands when that happens.  Being able to feel the heat from well over 100 yards away.... it is scary cool.
 
2014-02-19 03:57:27 PM  
If you pause it when it scans over the dashboard, you'll notice something odd...

i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2014-02-19 03:58:44 PM  
Definition of a good funny car race: one you can walk away from after an explosion blows off the entire back of your car at nearly 300 mph that doesn't involve your car exploding at 300 MPH
FTFY
 
2014-02-19 08:12:36 PM  
i really want to get to an NHRA race this year. Only about sixty bucks at Sonoma. I've been told it's a blast... err... I mean, I've been told it's fun. The video proves it's a blast.
 
2014-02-20 12:26:10 AM  
I'm still amazed anyone still steps inside these things that have the motor in front of them instead of behind. That's why Daddy Don started driving rear-engined dragsters instead of the hemi-on-rails-sittin'-right-in-front-of-my-nuts after one blew up just ahead of his saddle and almost cut of his foot. Gory details and perversely awesome photo of the car blowing & splitting up is in this book somewhere: http://www.amazon.com/High-Performance-Culture-Technology-1950-2000/d p /0801866642
 
2014-02-20 01:46:41 AM  

RobotSpider: What is it, exactly, that's exploding?


In this case, the blower. But it can be other things. When you have engines making several thousand horsepower, it doesn't take much for things to go kablooey. One of the most awesome things I remember seeing was several years back when a car had a connecting rod go through the engine block. There was a nice three inche wide hole in the side of the block. Yeah it blew straight through the engine block. Then there's the time a crankshaft broke and the engine block basically broke in two.
 
2014-02-20 02:36:02 AM  
Wow look at all that money raining down on the track.

/looked like he got arrested at the end.
 
2014-02-20 03:47:24 AM  
Somebody had too many burritos before the race.
 
2014-02-20 05:42:55 AM  
Funny car/dragster engines are basically destroyed (perhaps not always quite like the video) every time they run. Even if they DON'T go kablooey, they have to be taken apart completely, parts replaced and reassembled. The power that they put out pushes every single component to it's limit... and sometimes beyond, as evidenced by the video.
 
2014-02-20 09:17:29 AM  

nyseattitude: nyseattitude: RobotSpider: Can someone who knows about cars explain how that happens?  Seems like this kind of catastrophic explosion is not unheard of in drag-racers/funny-cars. What is it, exactly, that's exploding? Does the head blow off? Exhaust manifold melt? What's blowing up?

It's usually a blower explosion. In older videos it was obvious because you could see the blower flying through the air. New safety rules mandate straps and blankets over the blower.

This video shows (skip to 1:54) a low rpm explosion. Watch the top portion of the engine.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z0aROJz2VGE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D z0 aROJz2VGE

Sorry, forgot to include the actual cause. It's typically an intake valve malfunction allowing fuel to combust outside of it's designated chamber.


They don't use flame arestors?
I wouldn't be surprised, a lot of people in motorsport -even sucssefull ones- don't actualy know much about engineering. Some proof? That time mandatory muflers turned out to increase power on two-stroke GP motorcycles. Even the works teams didn't saw it comming -because louder is always better, right?

flame arestors are jus mechs in the intake, like on this 1930's Merlin:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
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