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2014-08-09 04:36:59 PM  
The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.
 
2014-08-09 04:47:12 PM  
I had the live leak video three links down playing in the second window, and the effect was stupendous.
 
2014-08-09 05:53:57 PM  
i.telegraph.co.uk

Not amused.
 
2014-08-09 06:30:36 PM  
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2014-08-09 07:01:08 PM  
The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.
 
2014-08-09 07:06:33 PM  
Drag racing dad's 5.0 'stang stoplight to stoplight against rice buckets = easy.

Drag racing a 2000HP, 1500Lbs. death missile is decidedly less so.

mr_a: The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.


As someone who has been literally knocked on his ass by the hot air these things push as they go by (leaning against the safety barrier; gotta get that shot at all costs), I can't help but nod sagely as I recall the numerous times I've been damn near killed by one of these machines, or at the very least, permanently severely injured. And I've never sat behind the wheel.

My favorite drag racing fact: If you were in a Veyron (Or Enzo, or Lingenfelter TT), doing 200mph (and continued accelerating, no less), and passed a Top Fuel dragster at a standstill, if he launched when you flew by, he'd catch and pass you inside a quarter mile.
 
2014-08-09 07:19:37 PM  

grinding_journalist: Drag racing dad's 5.0 'stang stoplight to stoplight against rice buckets = easy.

Drag racing a 2000HP, 1500Lbs. death missile is decidedly less so.

mr_a: The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.

As someone who has been literally knocked on his ass by the hot air these things push as they go by (leaning against the safety barrier; gotta get that shot at all costs), I can't help but nod sagely as I recall the numerous times I've been damn near killed by one of these machines, or at the very least, permanently severely injured. And I've never sat behind the wheel.

My favorite drag racing fact: If you were in a Veyron (Or Enzo, or Lingenfelter TT), doing 200mph (and continued accelerating, no less), and passed a Top Fuel dragster at a standstill, if he launched when you flew by, he'd catch and pass you inside a quarter mile.


...if he made it that far.
 
2014-08-09 07:24:49 PM  
Those cars just don't seem so funny anymore.
 
2014-08-09 07:25:59 PM  

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2014-08-09 07:32:15 PM  

grinding_journalist: Drag racing dad's 5.0 'stang stoplight to stoplight against rice buckets = easy.

Drag racing a 2000HP, 1500Lbs. death missile is decidedly less so.

mr_a: The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.

As someone who has been literally knocked on his ass by the hot air these things push as they go by (leaning against the safety barrier; gotta get that shot at all costs), I can't help but nod sagely as I recall the numerous times I've been damn near killed by one of these machines, or at the very least, permanently severely injured. And I've never sat behind the wheel.

My favorite drag racing fact: If you were in a Veyron (Or Enzo, or Lingenfelter TT), doing 200mph (and continued accelerating, no less), and passed a Top Fuel dragster at a standstill, if he launched when you flew by, he'd catch and pass you inside a quarter mile.


I think the top fuel cars are actually closer to 10,000hp than 2,000. Incredible.
 
2014-08-09 07:48:39 PM  
Want to see scary.. Watch this innocent looking transmission failure and wait till 1:37 to see how close the driver came to dying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F53zdTU850
 
2014-08-09 07:59:55 PM  
grinding_journalist:

As someone who has been literally knocked on his ass by the hot air these things push as they go by

Best video ever recorded demonstrating this
 
2014-08-09 08:13:57 PM  
You try stopping the wind from blowing up your dress, subby.
 
2014-08-09 08:35:54 PM  

grinding_journalist: Drag racing dad's 5.0 'stang stoplight to stoplight against rice buckets = easy.

Drag racing a 2000HP, 1500Lbs. death missile is decidedly less so.

mr_a: The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.

As someone who has been literally knocked on his ass by the hot air these things push as they go by (leaning against the safety barrier; gotta get that shot at all costs), I can't help but nod sagely as I recall the numerous times I've been damn near killed by one of these machines, or at the very least, permanently severely injured. And I've never sat behind the wheel.

My favorite drag racing fact: If you were in a Veyron (Or Enzo, or Lingenfelter TT), doing 200mph (and continued accelerating, no less), and passed a Top Fuel dragster at a standstill, if he launched when you flew by, he'd catch and pass you inside a quarter mile.



I'm not surprised at that.  The fuel cars are typically running 270+ at the 1/8 mile point.  Accelerating through 300+ at 1000'.

/I would love to actually see what you described.
 
2014-08-09 08:36:08 PM  

grinding_journalist: Drag racing dad's 5.0 'stang stoplight to stoplight against rice buckets = easy.

Drag racing a 2000HP, 1500Lbs. death missile is decidedly less so.

mr_a: The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.

As someone who has been literally knocked on his ass by the hot air these things push as they go by (leaning against the safety barrier; gotta get that shot at all costs), I can't help but nod sagely as I recall the numerous times I've been damn near killed by one of these machines, or at the very least, permanently severely injured. And I've never sat behind the wheel.

My favorite drag racing fact: If you were in a Veyron (Or Enzo, or Lingenfelter TT), doing 200mph (and continued accelerating, no less), and passed a Top Fuel dragster at a standstill, if he launched when you flew by, he'd catch and pass you inside a quarter mile.


The Veyron would pass him again inside a half mile. Well, at least the dragster would have a couple of seconds being king.
 
2014-08-09 08:36:09 PM  

Iplaybass: grinding_journalist: Drag racing dad's 5.0 'stang stoplight to stoplight against rice buckets = easy.

Drag racing a 2000HP, 1500Lbs. death missile is decidedly less so.

mr_a: The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.

As someone who has been literally knocked on his ass by the hot air these things push as they go by (leaning against the safety barrier; gotta get that shot at all costs), I can't help but nod sagely as I recall the numerous times I've been damn near killed by one of these machines, or at the very least, permanently severely injured. And I've never sat behind the wheel.

My favorite drag racing fact: If you were in a Veyron (Or Enzo, or Lingenfelter TT), doing 200mph (and continued accelerating, no less), and passed a Top Fuel dragster at a standstill, if he launched when you flew by, he'd catch and pass you inside a quarter mile.

I think the top fuel cars are actually closer to 10,000hp than 2,000. Incredible.


This, estimates around 8,000 but a dyno can't measure it.
 
2014-08-09 08:38:10 PM  
I just want to add:

Hot Women Drivers Who Win Races & Championships.

/Force Daughters FTW!
 
2014-08-09 08:48:29 PM  
An interesting fact: At maximum throttle and RPM, the exhaust gases escaping from a dragster's open headers produce about 900-1100 pounds (3.6 kilonewtons) of downforce. I think Don Garlits was the first one to take advantage of this. He was also the first to run a top fuel rail with the engine behind the driver.
 
2014-08-09 09:01:50 PM  

Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.


If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.
 
2014-08-09 09:01:59 PM  

Iplaybass: I think the top fuel cars are actually closer to 10,000hp than 2,000. Incredible.


For what I've heard, the engine needs 600hp just to drive the supercharger. They can't test the engines on a dynamometer because running them for longer than 9 or 10 seconds tends to blow them up, so they have to calculate the overall power.

Most estimates run 8,500 to 10k horsepower, which is twice as much as a diesel locomotive engine. This from an engine that usually weighs about 500 pounds.
 
2014-08-09 09:03:35 PM  

nytmare: The Veyron would pass him again inside a half mile.


Only because if the top fuel car didn't start decelerating at 1,000 feet it would blow up.
 
2014-08-09 09:07:47 PM  

Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.


I attended the Nationals in 2012, and I didn't see any spectacular blowups, but the noise from the top fuel rails and funny cars was enough to shake my tummy for sure.  Also, there were no hotels available nearby.  That was a fun night.
 
2014-08-09 09:16:39 PM  

Sensei Can You See: nytmare: The Veyron would pass him again inside a half mile.

Only because if the top fuel car didn't start decelerating at 1,000 feet it would blow up.


Yep.

My pickup truck can go about 400 miles without refueling.  If we had a race that long with no pit stops allowed, I'd beat them both.
 
2014-08-09 09:32:06 PM  

RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.


He'll have to see a time machine launch first.  The last shuttle launch was three years ago and there won't be any more.
 
2014-08-09 09:56:26 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.

He'll have to see a time machine launch first.  The last shuttle launch was three years ago and there won't be any more.


Are you certain? I'm thought there was a shuttle launch in 2013. STS-157. Got blowed up by the Russkis taking a space dump without a plan.
 
2014-08-09 10:09:43 PM  

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You're supposed to put out the fire FIRST, then make a wish.
 
2014-08-09 10:12:10 PM  

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P.S. I was going to 'shop that picture, but I ultimately decided against doing a GIS of "children blowing" at the library.
 
2014-08-09 10:21:00 PM  

RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.


How many horsepower is that?
 
2014-08-09 10:35:07 PM  

fusillade762: RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.

How many horsepower is that?


Apparently 37 million for three engines.
http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/system/system_SSME.html

But I can't find its quarter mile time.
 
2014-08-09 11:05:37 PM  

RoyBatty: If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds


I was at the final space shuttle launch, and I've been to 3-4 drag races.  From 5 miles away, the rumble is pretty mild at a shuttle launch (but is cool to feel, especially with the 12 second delay).  The force you feel at a drag race is like nothing else, but it gets boring pretty quick, and like nascar it doesn't get exciting until someone crashes or something explodes.
 
2014-08-09 11:44:03 PM  

fusillade762: RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.

How many horsepower is that?


All of them.
 
2014-08-09 11:52:15 PM  

RoyBatty: fusillade762: RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.

How many horsepower is that?

Apparently 37 million for three engines.
http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/system/system_SSME.html

But I can't find its quarter mile time.


Looks like its zero to 60 time is 5.5 seconds.

Zero to 100 is 8 seconds.
 
2014-08-09 11:55:29 PM  

studebaker hoch: Sensei Can You See: nytmare: The Veyron would pass him again inside a half mile.

Only because if the top fuel car didn't start decelerating at 1,000 feet it would blow up.

Yep.

My pickup truck can go about 400 miles without refueling.  If we had a race that long with no pit stops allowed, I'd beat them both.


Especially since the Veyron's tank will be empty after 12 minutes of running flat out.
 
2014-08-09 11:59:21 PM  

fusillade762: RoyBatty: fusillade762: RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.

How many horsepower is that?

Apparently 37 million for three engines.
http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/system/system_SSME.html

But I can't find its quarter mile time.

Looks like its zero to 60 time is 5.5 seconds.

Zero to 100 is 8 seconds.


Awesome, thank you. Yeah, I was pretty sure I could beat it with my RX-7.
 
2014-08-10 12:08:23 AM  

RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.


o.0 huh?
 
2014-08-10 12:12:08 AM  

RoyBatty: fusillade762: RoyBatty: fusillade762: RoyBatty: Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.

If you get the chance, go see a space shuttle launch. Even from 5 miles away, it is loud, literally shakes the ground and you, and is continuous for many many seconds.

How many horsepower is that?

Apparently 37 million for three engines.
http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/system/system_SSME.html

But I can't find its quarter mile time.

Looks like its zero to 60 time is 5.5 seconds.

Zero to 100 is 8 seconds.

Awesome, thank you. Yeah, I was pretty sure I could beat it with my RX-7.


Except the part where you asphyxiate in your car at 43,000 feet and you watch it trail off into orbit as you fall back into fiery oblivion.
 
2014-08-10 04:24:15 AM  

Repo Man: The loudest thing I've ever heard/felt was when a funny car blew up just off the line at the 1992 Winternationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. I had earplugs in, my hands over my ears, and was well down the track. The entire car jumped into the air, and was of course full of flames. The driver got out, and his firesuit had worked. He was either uninjured, or only had minor injuries. Nitromethane is serious business.


They use nitromethane?  Man, I was doing a military contract where they had about 10000kg of that stuff surplus.  We detonated 5000kg of it in a single shot.  That was a big boom.  Even the 100kg shots were pretty massive.  Watching the shockwave roll across the prairie was pretty cool though.
 
2014-08-10 11:58:44 AM  
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2014-08-10 03:58:00 PM  

styckx: Want to see scary.. Watch this innocent looking transmission failure and wait till 1:37 to see how close the driver came to dying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F53zdTU850


I don't think most tracks in the US would let you run that without a scatter shield
 
2014-08-10 05:43:27 PM  

relaxitsjustme: styckx: Want to see scary.. Watch this innocent looking transmission failure and wait till 1:37 to see how close the driver came to dying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F53zdTU850

I don't think most tracks in the US would let you run that without a scatter shield


Scatter shields are for manuals, that was an automatic. For safety on autos they use transmission blankets. I thought I saw a transmission blanket in one of the shots; it looked to me as though the torque converter blew up with so much force that it went right through the trans blanket as well.
 
2014-08-10 05:54:46 PM  
Someone didn't put enough RTV on their intake manifold.
 
2014-08-10 07:51:55 PM  
Those will buff right out.
 
2014-08-10 08:22:41 PM  
And don't forget, as Tony Stewart will tell you, don't run over guys who pissed you off who are haunting you on the track.
 
2014-08-11 02:59:08 AM  

mr_a: The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.


Wiki sez that a Top Fuel dragster can go through about 103 L in a typical run. Say about half of that is the actual run, 50 L. Top fuel is roughly 90% nitromethane, 10% methanol, but for Q&D you can ignore the methanol (it should add about 5%). Nitromethane is 1.13 kg/L, so you're burning not quite 57 kg of it. Its energy density is 11.2 MJ/kg, for about 630 MJ of fuel energy consumed in the run. Call it a 4 second run, and it's an average of about 160 MW of power, or 210,000 hp in fuel burned, of which 8,000-10,000 is converted into useful work.

/ I'm pretty sure I did the math correctly
// The real issue is how much fuel is burned in the run
/// It's still an incredible amount of energy burned
 
2014-08-11 03:48:03 AM  

Victoly: mr_a: The amount of energy those machines (attempt to) harness is just mind-blowing.

Wiki sez that a Top Fuel dragster can go through about 103 L in a typical run. Say about half of that is the actual run, 50 L. Top fuel is roughly 90% nitromethane, 10% methanol, but for Q&D you can ignore the methanol (it should add about 5%). Nitromethane is 1.13 kg/L, so you're burning not quite 57 kg of it. Its energy density is 11.2 MJ/kg, for about 630 MJ of fuel energy consumed in the run. Call it a 4 second run, and it's an average of about 160 MW of power, or 210,000 hp in fuel burned, of which 8,000-10,000 is converted into useful work.

/ I'm pretty sure I did the math correctly
// The real issue is how much fuel is burned in the run
/// It's still an incredible amount of energy burned


Then I see this, which says 4-5 gal per run, which means they're burning fuel at about 80,000 hp or so. Not nearly as much, but still impressive.
 
2014-08-11 06:45:46 AM  
Even though it doesn't get a ton of media attention the NHRA does know how to put together a good video. And when they say best/worst/whatever without specifying a class they actually show stuff from multiple classes, not just the top fuel and pro-stock classes.
 
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