A comparison for Lucky and anyone else who may be interested

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  1. Aaron Brooks Wolters

    Aaron Brooks Wolters Well-Known Member

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    Seeing as how Lucky and I sometimes get to talking cars (and Grau Geist to) I thought some of you may be interested in this. Please enjoy.

    Top Fuel Drag Racing Put Into Perspective:
    * One Top Fuel dragster makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows of the
    Daytona 500.
    * At full throttle, a Top Fuel dragster consumes 11.5 gallons of Nitromethane
    per run; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate but produces 25%
    less energy.
    * A stock 426 HEMI does not produce enough horsepower to drive a Top Fuel
    supercharger
    * At full throttle the supercharger is ramming 3000 CFM of air into the
    cylinders. The mixture is so compressed that the engine is on the verge of
    hydraulic lock.
    * Nitromethane burns yellow. The white flames seen above the exhaust stacks is
    actually Hydrogen, which has been dissociated from water by the heat of
    combustion.
    * At stoichiometric, the nitromethane air/fuel ratio is 1.7:1. Flame front
    temperature is 7050 degrees.
    * The dual magnetos produce 44 amps to each plug. This is enough current to arc
    weld.
    * Spark plugs are totally consumed during a run. In fact, after half way, the
    engine is dieseling from the compression and the glow of the exhaust valves.
    After this point, the engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.
    * To accelerate to over 300 MPH in 4.5 seconds the dragster must average 4 Gs.
    For the dragster to reach 200 MPH by half-track required 8 Gs.
    * A Top Fuel engine only turns approximately 540 revolutions from light to
    light. Including the burnout, the engine must survive only 900 revolutions!
    * Redline is quite high at 9500 RPM.
    * Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew is working for free, and
    nothing blows up, each run costs $1000 per second.
    Perspective:
    So you take your specially tuned $140,000 Lingerfelter “Twin Turbo” Corvette,
    and start back about a mile or so, accelerating as fast as you can, reaching
    your top speed of 200 MPH. This is really moving and would be something anyone
    would be proud of. You’re approaching the starting line where the Top Fuel
    dragster is sitting – stopped – waiting for you. As you cross the starting
    line, the light turns green.
    Within 3 seconds you are deafened by the incredible whine of the dragster, which
    has caught up to you. He passes and beats you to the end of the 1320-foot
    quarter mile.THAT is acceleration …
     
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    I thought you might like that. It impressed the crap outta me.
     
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    Sure as h*ll did! Thanks for sharing btw, forgot to add that! :oops:


    Mind you, how impresive it might be.....I'd rather be back in the 60's at the strip or Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, Darlington or Riverside when Chrysler, Ford and GM was fighting it out! 8)
     
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    Have you ever heard a Ford SOHC 427 run. They designed them for NASCAR but the timing chains would not last in them. They had six feet of timing chain and they would stretch and offset the timing something fierce. Out of the box they produced over 600 horsepower.:headbang:
     
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    Yup.... Didn't GM build the Side Oiler or what it was called? Same as with Chrysler, who had few things going with the Hemi...trying DOHC as well.
     
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    Aaron, damn that is incredible I had a pretty hot car back in the day, used to run 11s quarter miles, bored stroked 390 w/dual quads, 3/4 Isky cam and shaved heads. Dad used to say it spent more time apart in the garage than on the road.
    grandma's car compared to that top fuel
     
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