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Old 01-14-2004, 14:36   #1 (permalink)
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*One top fuel dragster 500 CI Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the 1st 4 rows at Daytona
*Under full throttle, a top fueler consumes 1½ gallons of nitro-methane per second.. A fully loaded Boeing 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced!
*A stock Dodge 426 Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragsters supercharger!
*With 3000CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
*At the stoichiometric 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture for nitro-methane the flame front temp measures 7050 degs F
*Nitro-methane burns yellow. The white flame seen above the stacks at hight is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapour by the searing exhaust gases.
*Dual magnetos supply 44amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.
*Sparkplug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After ½ way. the engine is dieseling from compression plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1400degsF The engine can only be shut down by stopping the fuel flow.
*If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders & then explodes with sufficent force to blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in ½.
*In order to exceed 300mph in 4.5 secs, dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G's. In order to reach 200mph well before ½ track. the launch acceleration reaches 8G's.
*Dragsters reach over 300mph before you have completed reading this sentence.
*Top fuel engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light.
*Including the burnout the engine must only survive 900 revolutions under full load!
*The red line is actually quite high at 9500RPM.
*The bottom line: Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING blows up, each run costs an estimated $1000 per second. The current Top Fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.441 secs for the 1/4 mile (10/05/03, Tony Schumacher) The top speed record is 330mph (533 kmh) as measured over the last 66ft of the run (28/9/03 Doug Kalitta)

*Putting all of this into perspective:
You are riding the average $250,000 Honda Grand Prix bike. Over a mile up the road, a top fuel dragster is staged & ready to launch down the 1/4 mile strip as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the Honda RC211V hard up through the gears and blast across the start line & past the stationary dragster at 200mph (293ft per sec) The green goes for both of you at that moment. The dragster launches & starts after you. You keep your wrist cranked hard, but you hear an incredibally brutal whine that sears your eardrums and within 3 secs the dragster catches & passes you. He beats you to the finish line, a 1/4 mile away from where you just passed him.
Think about it! From a standing start, the dragster had spotted you 200mph & not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1320ft long race course!
Now,, THAT'S acceleration!!!
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Re: Something to think about

Except for the perspective bit...

Acceleration in Perspective
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Except for the perspective bit...

Acceleration in Perspective
Sorry!!.... I shoulda checked!!
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Sorry :-(

Next time I'll check..
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Was there any news on that old pursuit of yours your mate bought....did it end up being found?
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Was there any news on that old pursuit of yours your mate bought....did it end up being found?
Hi Rodderz!..... Nope, Pursuit 023 gone forever! His insurance has paid out which is an indication they consider it's never to be found!.. Even though he was spewing on it going, he did ok out of it with his tools of trade that were "ALL" in the back that were also claimed!.. I believe he's ordered a new 6 speed Pursuit.
Makes you wonder where the 290 + the Herrod bits & pieces will turn up?..Surely none of the body (Data-doted) could ever be put on the road again?
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Makes you wonder where the 290 + the Herrod bits & pieces will turn up?..Surely none of the body (Data-doted) could ever be put on the road again?
its called EBAY unfortunately. if you ever see a site on the net where someone has put a 290 in an XF or something like that then that is probably a good place to start looking for the rest of the car.
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Hi Rodderz!..... Nope, Pursuit 023 gone forever! His insurance has paid out which is an indication they consider it's never to be found!.. Even though he was spewing on it going, he did ok out of it with his tools of trade that were "ALL" in the back that were also claimed!.. I believe he's ordered a new 6 speed Pursuit.
Makes you wonder where the 290 + the Herrod bits & pieces will turn up?..Surely none of the body (Data-doted) could ever be put on the road again?
What parts of the car have been data logged, im looking at buying a set of the 19" GT-P wheels once a set comes up for sale. Which im sure wont take to long. What about seats, i saw a written off Gt-p being sold in the trading post in syd (i think) and the chick was willing to sell the seats for $35oo neg. How would you know if the parts you buy from the trading post/ebay arn't stolen it worries me thinking about buying stolen parts.
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