How 10,000 BHP Can Snap a Dragster

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Top Fuel Dragsters are the fastest cars on the planet, they hit over 300 mph in less than four seconds, accelerate faster than some fighter jets and cost more than £3000 per second to run - and that’s if nothing blows up!
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Dragsters take everything to the extremes. Huge supercharged engines that produce over 11’000 horsepower, wings with more downforce than twelve Formula 1 cars and they drink 1.2 gallons of fuel every second. That’s about 24 feet forward for each gallon used - talk about excess!
The tyres have to be bolted to the rims to avoid being ripped off, the clutch welds itself together halfway down the run and the exhaust gasses alone produce more downforce than a supercar.
So how do you produce a chassis that can hold itself together whilst deploying 11’000hp and accelerating faster than the Space Shuttle?
Dragsters are all about getting power transferred into the asphalt in the most efficient way possible, and one of the biggest challenges with having over 10’000 Nm of Torque is that it can force the car to pull a wheelie.
This obviously can be very dangerous, many dragsters have flipped entirely - they are some of the most dangerous crashes in motorsport.
The tendency to wheelie is exaggerated by the way the dragsters are designed. The majority of the weight is placed over the rear axle. The engine, drivetrain and cockpit are all placed close to the rear axle, pushing the rear tyres into the track for better grip.
This dramatically improves performance but does nothing to stop the nose of the car to fly upwards due to the immense twisting motion.
The thing to know is that a turning force, a torque, is equal to the force times the distance it’s acting at. A bit like how you can undo a tight bolt more easily with a longer wrench.
The engineers use this principle to counter the enormous torque of the engine.

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  • True nigga

    You know My first last nameYou know My first last name7 tuntia sitten
  • I do not like this kind of race but i clicked just for watch a dragster splits in half... but... sad

    KiyooneKiyoone10 tuntia sitten
  • great clip.

    Media PoolMedia Pool22 tuntia sitten
  • This speech is my recital, I think it's very vital To build a chassis, that's right, to build a chassis. It's Tricky is the title, here we go... It's Tricky to build a chassis, to build a chased, that withstands the force. It's Tricky... it's Tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Tricky) It's Tricky to build a chassis, to build a chassis, that withstands the force. It's Tricky... Tr-tr-tr-tricky (Tricky) Trrrrrrrrrrricky

    Uncle CreepyUncle CreepyPäivä sitten
  • It's no mystery that thousands of foot pounds of torque and tons of traction can bend a long wheelbase chassis. Even dragsters with much less horsepower twist the hell out of their chassis during hard acceleration with lots of traction.

    Rich B.Rich B.Päivä sitten
  • ...X-Wing Fighters remind you of Dragsters with wings...

    Maurice RoseMaurice Rose2 päivää sitten
  • A jet can go 1000mph

  • A jet is faster

  • I raced a funny car at a test and tune once. I was in a 97 Grand Am. I couldn't even tell if my car was running. It's a whole different experience sitting in a car next to something like this.

    Turkey BaconTurkey Bacon3 päivää sitten
  • Very well done video. Informative, straight to the point. No fluff. Thank you.

    Turkey BaconTurkey Bacon3 päivää sitten
  • why dont they make it autonomous driving if it is so dangerous???

    Chin Hoi WongChin Hoi Wong4 päivää sitten
    • @Captain HellhoundI think something like the macbook I'm using can make a car follow a straight line, make minor adjustments, and is definitely lighter than a 50+ kg dude

      Chin Hoi WongChin Hoi Wong4 päivää sitten
    • Weight

      Captain HellhoundCaptain Hellhound4 päivää sitten
  • So I've got a question but why does there have to be a driver? It doesn't seem like they can turn so pressing a remote button to start the engine would be enough right? Or is it more about the driver's pride?

    Revanatic ThePlayerRevanatic ThePlayer4 päivää sitten
    • It may not seem like they steer, but they do a lot of micro adjustments. Without them the cars would go straight into a wall

      Captain HellhoundCaptain Hellhound4 päivää sitten
  • do a video about the nitro runners that hit 650 in sub 4 seconds.

    Jack JohnsonJack Johnson5 päivää sitten
  • fastest cars on the planet? ok even if we ignore the various jet and turboshaft cars, there has been cars that run on standard piston engines that not only achieve greater speeds, but also sustain those greater speeds

    SilverStoneSilverStone5 päivää sitten
    • Fastest accelerating cars

      Captain HellhoundCaptain Hellhound4 päivää sitten
  • 0:20 I was at that race.. wild

    Nolan DelaneyNolan Delaney5 päivää sitten
  • america car america car

  • It’s Top Fuel, not Top Flight! 😂

    Stephen KalmarStephen Kalmar6 päivää sitten
  • Uuffff what a Blast....

    Muhammad NadeemMuhammad Nadeem7 päivää sitten
  • What stops them from making a FWD dragster that has none of the issues with wheelies?

    Elite ClubElite Club7 päivää sitten
    • Then they have the issue of keeping the tires on the ground.

      Captain HellhoundCaptain Hellhound4 päivää sitten
  • 24 feet per gallon, now thats the most American thing I've heard all day.

    ErisEris8 päivää sitten
    • 🤣👍

      Sergiy nevidomoSergiy nevidomo4 päivää sitten
  • It broke because they use aluminum

    I Putu Tara AdiI Putu Tara Adi8 päivää sitten
  • The platonic ideal race car falls apart right after it pulls up to the finishing podium, and not a moment sooner or later.

    Daniel BrowerDaniel Brower8 päivää sitten
  • I understand that people want to make the cars as light as possible. But for safety reasons and to give no one an advantage, you could also enter a minimum weight for the cars along with a maximum weight for the engine. So enter both factors at the same time

    Henk SmitHenk Smit8 päivää sitten
  • Not as fast as my was 2105

    The WaffleThe Waffle8 päivää sitten
  • SSC is the fastest car in the world But Top fuel dragster refused

    N·M·S·L which is a stand of RMBN·M·S·L which is a stand of RMB9 päivää sitten
  • It's crazy to see the drag tires on those things balloon out. I've only ever seen that on rc cars but to see it on full scale is insane

    Xach E3rXach E3r10 päivää sitten
  • They're the QUICKEST cars on the planet. The FASTEST are raced at places like the salt flats, etc. ;-)

    PhillipZX3PhillipZX310 päivää sitten
  • Humanity at its peak stupidity=Dragsters and Bull Fighting

    TulloTullo11 päivää sitten
  • 1:32 some guy in the audience:DO A FLIP YOU WONT!!! the dragster:...hold my oil...

    Super- noodle2008Super- noodle200811 päivää sitten
  • Now THAT was interesting............thank you.

    SlingbladeJimSlingbladeJim11 päivää sitten
  • How have we not made flying cars yet, I just watched about like 6 of these things take liftoff and they are designed to STAY on the ground

    Izzaac AlleyIzzaac Alley11 päivää sitten
  • I've always loved the pictures, that show the wrinkling of the rear tires, when they start off!

    Scott CrabtreeScott Crabtree11 päivää sitten
  • as you can see it was a woman at the wheel :D

    Gabriel TGabriel T12 päivää sitten
  • I find it so fascinating how fucking fast these cars really are

    Kaplan GünhanKaplan Günhan12 päivää sitten
  • 1: leave quick 2: go straight 3: go fast

    gognazgognaz13 päivää sitten
  • Why not just talk normally, this sound really odd.

    DazfastDazfast14 päivää sitten
  • just put a ramp at the plce they get to max speed, that is how you can get into space!

    Noah Reimer-NielsenNoah Reimer-Nielsen14 päivää sitten
  • What is it with Americans and creating the most laborious, dull, lifeless racing disciplines on earth!? "Here kid.. you wanna see a car drive in a straight line really fast?" "UH no, not really!" "Okay, what about really fast in an oval?" "eeeer neeeeew!"

    Kaiser Swaghelm IIKaiser Swaghelm II14 päivää sitten
  • Wow. That slow-mo of the tires rippling is insane.

    KamikazeKamikaze14 päivää sitten
  • 3000 moneys per second? that is ridiculous

    Justin CaseJustin Case14 päivää sitten
  • Rip car fuel efficiency competition

    Playing With SophiaPlaying With Sophia15 päivää sitten
  • That was a good information always thought that they were the baddest cars on the planet I didn't know they was better than the space shuttle or a fighter plane

    Mike BrownMike Brown15 päivää sitten
  • Driver 61: "Top fuel dragsters are the fastest cars on the planet" SUPERSONIC CARS HAVE ENTERED THE CHAT.

    ihatemegatron216ihatemegatron21616 päivää sitten
    • @Ric Aurandt fair point, but have you considered rocket sleds?

      ihatemegatron216ihatemegatron21615 päivää sitten
    • Fastest acceleration of any vehicle on earth is held by Top Fuel only.

      Ric AurandtRic Aurandt15 päivää sitten
  • “Top fuel dragsters are the fastest cars on the planet” The Thrust SSC (the first car to break the sound barrier): Am i a joke to you?

    dogegamer 2995dogegamer 299516 päivää sitten
  • these are nothing compared to the new electric dragsters set to come out in a couple years

    ValeeraValeera16 päivää sitten
  • Drag racing is my favourite 4 wheeled motor sport, so many different calculations go into each run from track temp to atmospheric pressure & you never can guess who will win till the race is done.

    And Metal for AllAnd Metal for All16 päivää sitten
  • Everyone should experience these freaking monsters. Nothing can prepare you for the launch.

    rohit nautiyalrohit nautiyal17 päivää sitten
  • "She" crashed the dragster? LMAO who the fuck let that happen

    Benjamin gammerBenjamin gammer17 päivää sitten
    • Women are lighter and have a better reaction time on average

      Captain HellhoundCaptain Hellhound4 päivää sitten
  • hear me out top fuel motor in a miata lol

    Michael RitchieMichael Ritchie17 päivää sitten
  • Imagine putting one of those engines in a normal car

    「xxx」「xxx」17 päivää sitten
    • @DJF_62 lol

      「xxx」「xxx」17 päivää sitten
    • Just imagine you shift into reverse to back out of the driveway, let off the brake and PSWHOOOOOOOO

      DJF_62DJF_6217 päivää sitten
  • 6:56 Did you call it.... Top flight dragster as you show a clip of one taking flight? OOOOOOFF ;)

    My True Love is My FR-SMy True Love is My FR-S17 päivää sitten
  • are they street legal?

    greenglass2greenglass218 päivää sitten
    • Yes.

      Shain AndrewsShain Andrews9 päivää sitten
  • Dragsters actually aren't the fastest cars, just the highest accelerating ones. ThrustSSC for example broke the sound barrier with 110,000 horsepower.

    DevinDTVDevinDTV18 päivää sitten
  • Fun fact: whatever team wins, all of the team members dicks grow by the .01 of a win 👌 that’s why they are all so grumpy 😂

    Casey CarlileCasey Carlile18 päivää sitten
  • Nice video, but you didn't even talk about the 'wheelie bars'. Fail :(

    Robert ByrdRobert Byrd19 päivää sitten
  • Are you missing part of your tongue ???? dude you sound terrible

    Michael GilmoreMichael Gilmore19 päivää sitten
  • I was there and my car blow up

    Becky MeaderBecky Meader20 päivää sitten
  • Guess it was no cat

    Jude JonesJude Jones20 päivää sitten
  • And a properly designed set of WHEELIE BARS count for nothing????? How in the world can you omit these in an illustration?

    frnkjones40frnkjones4020 päivää sitten
  • Call of flames coming out of the exhaust it’s barely an internal combustion engine

    Matthew AlbitzMatthew Albitz20 päivää sitten
  • 3:26 lol *HOLY SHIT!*

    Lysergic Brainwave Thrawthingal ByeblathingalLysergic Brainwave Thrawthingal Byeblathingal20 päivää sitten
  • At 1:23 square tubing. X cross tubing all the down the car. The plastic body later becomes metal and a structural member. Re design tie down at the topical break point.

    gj rtgj rt21 päivä sitten
  • 6:40 is what you came for

    Juanito DurdenJuanito Durden21 päivä sitten
  • I want someone to rub my back like these guys rub the wheels!

    Mohamed K. ZakariaMohamed K. Zakaria22 päivää sitten
    • @Col b lol 😀

      Mohamed K. ZakariaMohamed K. Zakaria22 päivää sitten
    • lol. sounds nice but in practice not so much. They're actualy stripping the loosened bits of rubber off the tyres to get better rubber to ground contact. Kind of an overkill exfoliate on your back lol.

      Col bCol b22 päivää sitten
  • Most extreme sports wether it be drag racing or motorcycle racing on ice with those spiked tires to me its like putting gun to your head, spinning the cylinder and playing Russian Rullete , i have alot of respect for these crazy fuckers who do this stuff continually, most of them survive it, kudos to them !!

    tincupnickleboy the 1sttincupnickleboy the 1st23 päivää sitten
  • 日本のスーパーGTもターボ禁止して メカだけのルールにしないかな?! 絶対におもしくなる

    りゅうとしゃちょうりゅうとしゃちょう23 päivää sitten
  • テーゴシテゴーシ初体験16*歳

    experience nooseexperience noose23 päivää sitten
  • I learned a lot of engineering watching this thanks

    Mherzia RescatieMherzia Rescatie23 päivää sitten
  • 👀 ROFL

    sugarsaintsugarsaint23 päivää sitten
  • accelerate faster than a jet... that really isnt too hard...

    Speed KillerSpeed Killer23 päivää sitten
  • I use to make hose clamps . I hope they worked well .

    big bob 169big bob 16924 päivää sitten
  • The slingshots didn’t have that problem. Of course the driver sat in front of the engine, and the blower could blow off and hit the driver in the face. That did happen.

    Trepang 412Trepang 41224 päivää sitten
  • 0:00 Thrust SSC: Am I a joke to you?

    ?imon?imon24 päivää sitten
  • "dragsters are the fastest cars in the world" thrust scc: am i a joke to you

    DARIUS MARKDARIUS MARK24 päivää sitten
    • look i said dragsters are the fastest cars in the world but its not

      DARIUS MARKDARIUS MARK22 päivää sitten
    • no

      DARIUS MARKDARIUS MARK22 päivää sitten
    • ahem speedwise

      DARIUS MARKDARIUS MARK22 päivää sitten
  • lonG-E

    Generic Scottish ChannelGeneric Scottish Channel24 päivää sitten
  • Amazing video about idiotic engineering.

    Schlomo UbermannSchlomo Ubermann24 päivää sitten
  • Doesn't everything accelerate faster than a space shuttle? I mean, It accelerates to 1000mph faster than a top fuel drag car!

    ya boi garlic breadya boi garlic bread24 päivää sitten
  • Fun fact dragsters said f u science dont hate me cause im beautiful 😌

    Fuck BidenFuck Biden24 päivää sitten
  • Fact # that girl had balls

    Audi 1Audi 125 päivää sitten

    Charles AndersonCharles Anderson25 päivää sitten
  • anyone who hasnt heard a top fuel car or dragster in person owes it to themselves,its a very sensory experience.noise,heat,sound waves,nitro AWESOME

    trillrif axegrindortrillrif axegrindor25 päivää sitten
  • 10,000 horsepower,a wheelie,physics and the front end smashing down all create what yourself a lot of bullshit

    trillrif axegrindortrillrif axegrindor25 päivää sitten
  • How can bolting the engine to chassis directly with clamps reduce the vibration transmitted to chassis more than using mounts? i don't understand this, but great clip thanks.

    Simon LoughtonSimon Loughton25 päivää sitten
  • The engine is strapped to the chassis? I think he meant to say the blower is strapped to the engine, but it is bolted also, the strap is just for safety should the blower try to exit the engine.

    Jim StephensJim Stephens26 päivää sitten
  • So why are the engines behind the driver? Ask Don.

    James GrimseyJames Grimsey26 päivää sitten
    • Safety and aerodynamics

      Captain HellhoundCaptain Hellhound23 päivää sitten
  • Wen yiu get wind fuckt get it

    Juana GarsaJuana Garsa26 päivää sitten
  • Have you notice that they're welding the chassis both side at the same times to avoid asymmetrical inner-tension in the frame? probably left-handed on one side and right-handed on the other.

    Putsky1342Putsky134226 päivää sitten
  • Comparisons like "it accelerates faster than the space shuttle" are completely unnecessary and irrelevant. The goal in designing a muti-stage launch rocket is not to achieve the highest thrust to weight ratio, but the most efficient one to punch through the atmosphere during the high q stages. If high efficiency was achieved at a 1.1 thrust to weight ratio, then that's what they would aim for. In a rocket, T/W ratio increases dramatically as fuel is consumed and stages are shed and on modern rockets, the T/W ratio is usually limited to 5 (yes, they have to limit it). As a machine, you simply can't compare a rocket with any other vehicle. Nothing comes even close.

    paloneropalonero26 päivää sitten
    • @Roger Out There's no need. Just say the acceleration. What is it, 50m/s^2 when a normal car accelerates at about 8m/s^2? That should be enough.

      paloneropalonero22 päivää sitten
    • @Roger Out Acceleration is exactly what G force express. It's a product of the thrust to weight ratio and expressing it in G's is just easier for people to understand than expressing it in m/s^2, which is the international unit. It's irrelevant. The goal of a rocket is not to accelerate quickly, it's to get out of the atmosphere as efficiently as possible. If they go too fast, drag increases too much (drag increases with velocity square). If they wanted to, a rocket could accelerate many many many times faster than any other machine we've built in that size.

      paloneropalonero22 päivää sitten
  • People are right to point out that things like Formula 1 are extreme forms of racing. But when people act like drag racing requires little skill or endurance...well, let me put it this way, if you bolted a F1 engine to the supercharger of a Top Fuel Dragster the F1 engine likely would not be able to fully spool or build full boost to the Top Fuel engine. In other words, it takes as much or more power then an F1 engine makes just to drive the supercharger on a Top Fuel engine, that's how extreme these things are. If F1 is the pinnacle of changing direction, Top Fuel is the pinnacle of acceleration.

    177SCmaro177SCmaro26 päivää sitten
  • What's the use of having 10,000 hp if you can't transfer it to the ground ? The right amount of power will improve stability and reliability.

    Daniele SbordoneDaniele Sbordone26 päivää sitten
  • The black straps you pointed at @5:02 are to retain the blower if it blows off. The hose clamps are unpainted steel and attach lower down to the tube frame

    Flight RecorderFlight Recorder27 päivää sitten
  • @3:33 How my 20's are going.

    DaleDale27 päivää sitten
  • What about jet cars I remember watching them as a kid at the Cayuga drag strip

    TTV GalaxyGamerTTV GalaxyGamer28 päivää sitten
  • Metal tubing better and more resistant than carbon fibre? Seriously?

    Diego DuarteDiego Duarte28 päivää sitten
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    Simone TraffordSimone Trafford28 päivää sitten
  • Factoid, they only use about 7psi in the rear tires.

    WootTootZootWootTootZoot28 päivää sitten
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    Juan SmithJuan Smith28 päivää sitten
  • Can I get that engine if you're not going to use it anymore. Lmao.

    ucnhtmenow1ucnhtmenow128 päivää sitten
  • I thought it said how 1,000 hp can snap a dragster. I was gonna say, just one of their cylinders pump 1,000hp

    ucnhtmenow1ucnhtmenow128 päivää sitten
  • What if the air we breathed looked like the air and gases coming out of the dragsters pipes all the time? Forget about electric cars. People and animal would have to wear oxygen respirators but where could we get refills?

    Markus PatientsMarkus Patients29 päivää sitten