TOP FUEL DRAGSTER FACTS - DEBUNKED, DEBUNKED
-One Top Fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows at the Daytona 500. They have over half again as much horsepower in one cylinder as a Dodge Viper has in all ten. No one has ever successfully run one long enough on a dyno to get a horsepower reading. Current estimates are right around 6,000 horsepower.
-6000hp dragster v. 8 750hp Nascars turns out amazingly to be exactly 6000hp. What a douche. And current estimates for top fuel are 7500.
*So 1 dragster DOES have more power than the first 4 rows
-With 3000 CFM 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.
-This is not a goddamn diesel. These motors do not compress a fuel mixture in order to achieve spark, they have EIGHTEEN fuckin spark plugs for that. FUCK.
*You OBVIOUSLY dont know how an internal combustion engine works do you? Internal combustion engines, be it petrol, diesel, lpg, nitro-methane, alcohol, etc, work on the same principal. the piston travels down the combustion chamber causing a vacuum, intake valve opens, fuel/air enters chamber, piston travels up the chamber causing fuel/air to COMPRESS, spark (no spark for diesel it just needs heat), fuel/air explodes causing piston to travel down with enough momentum to repeat the process.
-Nitro methane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, disassociated from atmospheric water vapour by the searing exhaust gases.
-Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.
-Two plugs per cylinder, sparked by two MSD distributers, which do produce 88 amps, but is spread over the 16 plugs, giving each plug 5.5 amps or 11 per cylinder.
*A DISTRIBUTER does exactly what its name says. it DISTRIBUTES the power to each cylinder 1 at a time. the entire 44 amps is discharged to each spark plug.
-If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders and then explodes with sufficient force to blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.
-This happens all the time and the motor does not blow up or split in half, essentially the fuel fouls the plug like in any other engine with too rich of a mixture, and you drop that cylinder. You can actually see this happen during the pass, instead of exhaust fumes or flames if it is after dark, you would see unburned fuel spraying from the header.
*That is only IF you foul the plug. if it MOMENTARILY fails or only stops working for a very short time, then works perfectly again, it can ignite a build up of fuel, causing engine to explode.
-In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds dragsters must accelerate an average of over 4G's. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the launch acceleration approaches 8G's. To put this in perspective; a top fuel dragster, parked next to a Super Hornet on the steam catapult on the deck of an aircraft carrier, would be in the water and sinking before the Super Hornet was halfway down the deck.
-True. Dragsters are not capable of flight. He also fails to mention we are talking about a 45,000lb plane going from 0-165 in two seconds and a 2200lb car from 0-300 in a little over 4sec. So I guess you could argue that a plane on the catapult for 4 seconds with constant acceleration would be around 350+ mph.
*So if we use your 'constant acceleration' theory, yes, the plane will be doing 350+. if a dragster could constantly accelerate at down the whole track at the same rate that it accelerates at the beginning, and is already doing 200mph before half track, does that not equate to over 400 'constant accelerating' mph?
-Top Fuel Engines only turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light!
-This dipshit is even contradicting himself. Assuming his redline rpm is right (which it is not)
9500rpm = 158.3 revolutions per second. 158.3RPSx4.5 second pass would give you 712.35 total revolutions. He can't even do math.
*An engine must rev up from idle to redline. it is not an instantaneous action. Although it happens very very quickly, it is not instant. an engine does NOT run at redline the entire time it is traveling down the track. lets say his finger slipped when typing the rpm and we will use the information YOU supplied. 8500rpm=141.667 revs per second x 4.5=637.5 revs total. Minus some for engine revving up and it is a lot closed to 540 than it is to 712!
-Putting all of this into perspective: You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter "twin-turbo" powered Corvette Z06. 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. You run the Vette hard up through the gears and blast across the starting line and past the dragster at an honest 200 mph. The 'tree' goes green for both of you at that moment. The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down hard, but you hear an incredibly brutal whine that sears your eardrums and within 3 seconds the dragster catches and passes you. He beats you to the finish line, a quarter mile away from where you just passed him. Think about it, from a standing start, the dragster had spotted you 200 mph and not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1320 foot long race course.
-I don't know the physics on this and I honestly dont think this guy does either, and given his track record I'm calling bullshit.
*Not physics, Math. And basic math at that. Regardless of what sort of vehicle you are driving, at 200mph it will take 60 min or 3600 seconds to travel 200miles. so it will take 18 seconds to travel 1 mile and 4.5 seconds to trave 1/4 mile or 1320 foot. So if the dragster does a sub 4.5 second run it WILL beat you