Some scattered points for the technically more astute than me to chew on:
Top fuelers generate 10K - 11K HP (verified by a Rockwell device attached to the putput shaft of one of the best of the top fuelers.)
The supercharger requires 1K HP to spin it (!)
The ETs and MPH mentioned here are accurate and are achieved in 1,000 feet, not 1320. Strips were shortened to try to reduce speeds. Didn't work.
NHRA (Nat Hot Rod Assoc) is very safety conscious (or maybe it's just PR). Years ago, a very technically advanced drag racer named Pete Robinson ("Sneaky Pete") experimented with ground effects on his fueler. It killed him.
I dislike the current NHRA setup, which is basically a traveling circus of a small group of racers (small because of the very high co$t of racing at the top level). The NHRA would have you believe, for example, that only the 16 fastest cars in each premier group qualify. In fact, sometime LESS than 16 cars even show up -- again, too expensive.
Next week I am traveling to Bakersfield, California for the "March Meet." Every year since 1959, drag racers from around the USA travel to this meet. Not 16, but often 20-30 cars show up in each class, including some very wild ones that the NHRA will not sanction (imagine, if you can, a 10K HP hemi fuel engine in a 90-100 inch wheelbase fiberglass-bodied Model T) . Further, "nostalgia drag races," featuring retro cars, such as front-engined fuelers are growing at a very refreshing rate.
Hope this adds something to this thread, BTW, I worked as a "gopher" on a top fuel dragster back in the late 1960's. It was more fun then; a few guys with $3k or $4k could qualify at a national meet. We did.
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