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Not 4x4...but is DAMN SURE IS PERFORMANCE!!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Poohbair, Apr 17, 2003.

  1. Poohbair

    Poohbair 1/2 ton status

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    Just thought I'd share this with anyone interested, hat's off to Mr. Palmer and all the others who have what it takes to harness the power of these bad boys!
    One TF dragster's 500-inch Hemi makes more horsepower than the first 8
    Rows at the Daytona 500.
    Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1 1/2 gallons of nitro
    Per second, the same rate of fuel consumption as a fully loaded 747 but
    with 4 times the energy volume.

    A stock hemi will not produce enough power to drive the dragster's
    supercharger.

    Even with nearly 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on
    overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into nearly-solid form before
    ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock.

    Dual magnetos apply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an
    arc welder in each cylinder.

    At stoichiometric (exact) 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture (for nitro), the flame
    front of nitromethane measures 7050 degrees F.

    Nitromethane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the
    stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric
    water vapor by the searing exhaust gases.

    Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After ½ way,
    The engine is dieseling from compression - plus the glow of exhaust valves
    at 1400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel
    flow.

    If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in
    those cylinders and then explodes with a force that can blow cylinder heads
    off the block in pieces or split the block in half.

    To exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an average of
    over 4G's. But in reaching 200 mph well before 1/2 track, launch
    acceleration is closer to 8G's.

    If all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once
    NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs $1000.00 per second.

    Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have completed reading
    this sentence.

    Top Fuel Engines turn ONLY 540 revolutions from light to light!

    The redline is actually quite high at 9500rpm

    The current TF dragster elapsed time record is 4.477 seconds for the
    quarter mile (06/02/01 Kenny Bernstein)

    Putting all of this in perspective:

    You are driving an average Lingenfelter powered "twin-turbo" Corvette.
    Over a mile up the road, a Top Fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch
    down a quarter mile strip as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying
    start, but you still run the 'Vette hard up through the gears and blast
    across the starting line and past the dragster at an honest 200 mph. At
    this moment, the dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot
    hard down, but you hear an incredibly brutal whine that sears your eardrums
    and within seconds the dragster catches and passes you. He beats you to the
    finish line, a quarter mile away from where you passed him. That, folks, is
    acceleration.

    Think about it, from a standing start, this phenomenal machine has
    Spotted you 200mph and not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road
    when he passed you within a mere 1320 feet.
     
  2. Pure Insanity

    Pure Insanity 1/2 ton status

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    WOW that is some killer stats. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Really makes you think.
     
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    SCOTTS_4X 1/2 ton status

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    I just wanted to know, when's the last time you did some serious welding with 44amps? lol

    -Scott
     
  4. heavy4x4

    heavy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Dragsters never cease to amaze me. GOTTA LOVE 'EM. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
    Cool facts, thanks for sharing. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. 84k5

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    That is pretty impressive.

    FYI: The Vette wins if it goes by at 201.07 mph. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
    I didn't believe you so I had to check. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

    8g's.... 5 seconds....do the drivers even know whats going on?

    id think with that speed, adrenaline and what not they would just leave a load in their shorts and thats all?
     
  7. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Now imagine what 8G's would do to that load in their pants... /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Rene
     
  8. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    I LOVE IT!! Nothing better than standing in the pits with your eyes burning / watering and your nose pouring snot from the nitro fumes! The sound is truly deafening!
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    *yawn* isnt this in the wrong forum? purdy sure this is sposed to be off-road related stuff... /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif

    j
     
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    It is off-road. When is the last time you saw someone pull 8g's on the highway?
     
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    I saw a show on dragsters. Very impressive. It was on Shelly Anderson and her dragster. She said her car has over 6000 horsepower! She said that when she is in the drivers seat, everthing seems to be moving in slow motion. She said it is amazing the thoughts that run through her mind in 4 seconds.

    Thanks for the stats. Very impressive machines.
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Two plugs pre cyl, so 88 amps?
     

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