<VV> ACCELERATION--(Still No Corvair)

Sethracer at aol.com Sethracer at aol.com
Sat Nov 20 14:22:58 EST 2010

Okay - Now the purist in me wants to know - Now Top Fuelers and Funny  cars 
are no longer running a quarter mile. For safety reasons, NHRA  shortened 
the distance to 1000 ft. So, would the Fueler still catch  the Corvette in 
the 1000 feet that they have available?
The answer? NO, it wouldn't! - The vette would reach 1000 feet in  3.4129 
seconds (200MPH=293 fps)
The current AA/FD record is 3.771 seconds - for the 1000 ft distance.
Of course, a blink later the dragster roars past the Corvette!    Still 
very impressive, though! 
-Seth Emerson (on a rainy Saturday morning in northern  California)
>From the original quote:
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 
of a  flying start. You run the 'Vette hard up through the  gears  and 
across the starting line and pass 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  
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 
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  
you within a mere 1,320 foot  long race course.  

...... and that my friend, is   ACCELERATION!

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