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Question for a drag racing fan ....
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Alberta Mike    Posted 08-14-2003 at 20:04:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was reading some results the other day for some local drag racing .... haven't been to any for over 30 years but was wondering, what is the current record for e.t. and top speed in a quarter mile. Obviously it'll be a top fuel dragster or a funny car. Sure would like to know what it is these days. I wonder just how much faster they'll ever push those machines?

Fawteen    Posted 08-15-2003 at 02:55:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did a little surfing. John Force has run 4.721sec at 325.30mph in his Mustang funny car.

As far as I know, Kenny Bernstein still holds the Top Fuel ET record at 4.477, tho his top speed has been beat. Documented back to back runs of 330.55 by Mike Dunn hold the Top Speed record at the moment, I think.

Darryl - MO    Posted 08-14-2003 at 20:31:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Mike,

I don't follow drag racing like I used to, but the last I remember reading about was a run of 3.99 sec. at something over 300 mph. That could well have been bettered by now. I remember as a kid watching Top Fuel cars running 7.4's and everyone was saying that this had to be some kind of ultimate. Ha! Not by a long shot! Obviously there has to be some final barrier, but what it may be remains to be seen. Speed of light, maybe? :^)

Hal/WA    Posted 08-15-2003 at 19:45:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if there is a limit, but I sure would not want to predict it. Back in the late 50's or early 60's I read in Hot Rod Magazine the prediction that no wheel driven car would ever exceed 150 in the quarter (I think it was the esteemed Roger Huntington who made this rash statement). Obviously he was wrong and had to do a bunch of backpedaling. But he made his prediction based on his understanding of the equipment available at that time. Tires got better and they figured out how to get lots more power from the available engines. Technology continues to progress and vehicles continue to get quicker and faster.

I have not paid much attention to Top Fuel and Funny Cars, but I am sure I have read ET's of less than 4 seconds in the quarter. But they are RACE CARS, which have almost nothing in common with cars a person could drive on the street or build in his attached garage. The engines are specially constructed to withstand the extreme boost, incredible fuel and awesome output. It's been a long time since high level drag racing was done by young people who jury rigged a blower on the engine from the old Imperial out back.

I suppose there is a limit. But I also bet there will be people trying to figure out how to exceed that figure. More output, better power to the ground, better reactions. Who knows what? It will be fun to see.

Ron,Ar    Posted 08-14-2003 at 20:22:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't have the answers you want but I did see a race on TV a couple weeks ago. One of the top fuel car/drivers is real close to overtaking Garlits for winningest driver ever. He must have "Swamp Rat" fever.

Alberta Mike    Posted 08-15-2003 at 04:11:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Believe it or not, Don Garlits raced here once in the early 70's. I remember being at Speedway Park in Edmonton and he had a showdown race with Jerry Ruth from Seattle. Don't remember who won but the stands were packed.

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