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Inside a drag car: how an 8000hp V8 works

GasBuddy Blog -- Have you ever wondered how drag cars can go from 0-113mph in one second, just 75-feet from the start line? It's not a trick, it's sheer power out of an all aluminum V8 engine that devours 1.3 gallons of nitro-methane per second once the race starts.

It's definitely amazing thinking about the power that's made in these 2000lb race cars. Now sure, this V8 isn't something you'd find in a street legal passenger vehicle, but it sure does share some similarities. The biggest difference is the used of forced induction- that's a way of forcing air into an engine to make more power, with the use of either a turbo charger or a super charger. Super charges are used in drag vehicles, because until turbo chargers, they are belt driven, and can...


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That is a gas guzzler
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Raw power, but very efficient...
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Diesel is sure going to give this dragster a run for his money these days.
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How is this newsworthy but the safety of our roads is not..very biased news articles on this website!
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RERUN!
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Cool car
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wow, a real eye opener!

You need to watch the video
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Very impressive. Not very good gas mileage though....ha
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That video was awesome!
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What can I say. Double wow. I got to go through Hendrik Motor Sports shops back in March so I am really impressed..
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Want the full story go to NHRA website. It's always better to go to the source. Fuel used is nitromethane. If they were to use E-85 they would have to detune and loose so much hp the sport would be completely changed.
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Want the full story go to NHRA website. It's always better to go to the source. Fuel used is nitromethane. If they were to use E-85 they would have to detune and loose so much hp the sport would be completely changed.
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Nothing new here. Story is poorly written and not clearly not edited. I won't belabor my point with obvious examples.
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will it run on E85?
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I think we are going in the other direction, smaller engines for better mpg, limited practical use for 8000 hp vehicles.
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Don't offer to pay for the gas !
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too well
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And they want us to get 50 miles or better to the gallon.
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Not what GB is advocating! We need to conserve supplies not waste them on gladiator-style entertainment like drag racing!
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should be illegal to waste that much fuel,but most of the techno advances come from some form of competition
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stale story
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not something I would want
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VAROOM.......
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not relevant to fuel economy, I'm sure!
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Nope ... never wondered
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Not for conservation purposes.
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I thought that I had a gas guzzler until now
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A good way to waste fuel.
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Sounds like fun!
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Read this yesterday
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