Is Top Fuel the same as nitro?

Is Top Fuel the same as nitro?

A “nitro-burning” engine and a “top fuel” engine are the same thing — engines designed to burn nitromethane rather than gasoline. Gasoline is a hydrocarbon, and the common chemical formula for gasoline is C8H18. Nitromethane has the formula CH3NO2.

Is Top Fuel or Funny Car Faster?

Top fuel dragsters are the fastest class of dragsters, capable of reaching speeds of up to 150 m/s. Funny cars are basically top fuel dragsters with a body over the chassis. As a result, funny cars are usually slower than top fuelers. Top fuel dragsters frequently reach speeds of 134 m/s (300 mph) during their runs.

How much power does a Pro Stock car make?

Modern pro stock engines generally produce around 2.5 hp/in3 (114 kW/L), and make upwards of 1,500 hp while being naturally aspirated.

What fuel does Pro Stock use?

Pro Stock engines use electronic fuel injection and spec gasoline and are restricted to a maximum of 500 cubic inches. They can make in excess of 1,300 horsepower.

Why do Top Fuel engines explode?

If a Top Fuel car’s engine is not running properly and unburned fuel builds up in the engine, it can explode with a force strong enough to crack the engine’s head or block.

How much is nitromethane a gallon?

… Nitromethane used to power the engines of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars costs about $16 US per gallon!

Can you mix gas and nitromethane?

Nitromethane by itself does not burn, its only supplies more oxygen to the burn. Adding it to gasoline would be the same thing as running very high octane fuel, which involves motor knowlege and reworking to run safely.

Do Top Fuel dragsters have transmissions?

Unlike a street or high-performance car that uses a manual or automatic transmission, a top-fuel dragster uses a centrifugal clutch and only operates in forward, high, and reverse.

How long does a Top Fuel engine last?

By NHRA rules, a team only has 75 minutes to completely rebuild the engine and make the necessary chassis adjustments. Due to the forces involved, a dragster engine has to be completely replaced after around 12 passes. No engine lasts long in Top Fuel drag racing.

How many clutches do a Top Fuel dragster?

In most fuel cars, there are six clutch discs and five floaters.

Who has the most NHRA Pro Stock wins?

When Bob Glidden retired in 1997, he was the winningest driver in the history of the National Hot Rod Association. Glidden’s 85 wins in Pro Stock were the most in any NHRA class. His unprecedented success look him to ten NHRA Pro Stock championships, including a record five in a row from 1985 thru 1989.

What is the top speed of a Pro Stock Motorcycle?

The Pro Stock record is 214 miles per hour (344 km/h), with times often in the 6.4-6.7 second range and the Pro Stock Motorcycles usually run at 190+ mph (310 km/h), with times in the low 7- to high 6-second range.