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How 10,000 BHP Can Snap a Dragster

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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  1. EbbOneMint


    2 tuntia sitten

    [Learning about the various technology and engineering technique that goes into motorsport.] Me: “I could totally use this on my project car” [Me with $6.34 set aside in my budget for my project car.]

  2. Old man my ass

    Old man my ass

    3 tuntia sitten

    BORING blah blah blah blah blah blah blah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Cunning Linguist

    Cunning Linguist

    11 tuntia sitten

    All good. But you forgot to mention wheelie bars.

  4. Zach Dupuy

    Zach Dupuy

    12 tuntia sitten

    The chassis arch’s up in the middle by design during the run....the higher it can arch up the more weight they can plant to the rear tire....different tracks you can apply more power to and get it to arch up...while slicker tracks you have to finesse the power more

  5. Cracker Carl Bumpkin

    Cracker Carl Bumpkin

    14 tuntia sitten

    sooo cool bro... that day for the team proly cost $2,000 + ...for what? umm, people dying and western countries falling you morons

  6. Seven Five

    Seven Five

    18 tuntia sitten

    I am some what questioning what the arrows are pointing at at about 5:02, I think those are the straps that hold the blower to keep it from going into the stands in case it explodes and comes off the engine, I don't think they have anything to do with holding the engine in the frame. They are actually loose so the pressure can be released when it explodes with out the straps just snapping apart, but still be able to keep the blower from going sky high.

  7. jaden dennys

    jaden dennys

    21 tunti sitten

    just throw a spolier in the middle pf the car lol like right in top of where the driver sits to keep the middle down lol

  8. earspon The roblox player

    earspon The roblox player

    Päivä sitten

    Imagine if you placed a ramp it would be the fastest way to space.

  9. Kimisdrink


    Päivä sitten


  10. epicwarredpanda01


    Päivä sitten

    Not the fastest type of car in the world.



    Päivä sitten

    this bullshit needs to stopped.. 4.5L fuel per second.. where are the environmentalists and how dare you people

  12. DownShift


    Päivä sitten

    What if you took the phat Wangs off the car

  13. Apparatus 101

    Apparatus 101

    Päivä sitten


  14. Polygraph S

    Polygraph S

    Päivä sitten

    If you think about it, sports like this are a great alternative to war as a source of engineering innovation.

  15. Tug James

    Tug James

    2 päivää sitten

    Uuuhhhh why is my c02 dragster watching this?

  16. Epic Blender Tips

    Epic Blender Tips

    2 päivää sitten

    no people died in the making of this video .

  17. Cole Schutz

    Cole Schutz

    2 päivää sitten

    I wonder what will happen if they use titanium for the chassis

  18. John Mulhatton

    John Mulhatton

    2 päivää sitten

    You opened this video with a b.s. statement... These cars are not "the fastest cars on the planet" 🤷🏻‍♂️🤦‍♂️ 👎👎👎👎👎👎👎 Do some research before making public statements like that. They are the quickest accelerating racing cars, yes, but not the fastest. The ThrustSSC car did 763mph These dragsters highest ever recorded speed record is set at only 338mph.

  19. mark jones

    mark jones

    2 päivää sitten

    To think all the crashes still had a better quarter mile time than all of our cars

  20. ꀎꋪꌚꅐꍏꁅꁅꂦꀷ千卂ㄒ卄乇尺


    3 päivää sitten

    uhh ever heard of salt lake cars

  21. Faiz Gamer

    Faiz Gamer

    4 päivää sitten

    Haha dragster go snaboom

  22. Staeyoung


    4 päivää sitten

    I love the part where you repeated the very similar sentences the whole time

  23. Vrex YT

    Vrex YT

    4 päivää sitten

    Put wings on that thing and it will fly to the moon

  24. Liam Armstrong

    Liam Armstrong

    4 päivää sitten

    friend - so what's your MPG me - oh about 24fpg friend - thats sick, wait fpg? me feet per gallon friend - *oh*

  25. zaphodbeeblerock


    4 päivää sitten

    stupid humanity ...

  26. Mathieu MARTIN

    Mathieu MARTIN

    5 päivää sitten

    6300L/100km, not 63000

  27. Oui oui bagguetta

    Oui oui bagguetta

    5 päivää sitten

    F1: hey why can’t we do that fia? Fia: yOuR tyErS

  28. dawrek


    6 päivää sitten

    It's Literally question and answer at the same time in title? How can dragsters snap in half ? They have 10000 bhp so....:D

  29. HanKMontana sky

    HanKMontana sky

    6 päivää sitten

    咖啡補下去 搖落

  30. Henry N.

    Henry N.

    6 päivää sitten

    Someone might have already said it, but if you haven't already, you MUST see a top fuel (these cars) drag race at least once in your life. Besides being right next to the damn space shuttle taking off, it has to be THE loudest thing you will ever experience.

  31. You know My first last name

    You know My first last name

    6 päivää sitten

    True nigga

  32. Kiyoone


    7 päivää sitten

    I do not like this kind of race but i clicked just for watch a dragster splits in half... but... sad

  33. Media Pool

    Media Pool

    7 päivää sitten

    great clip.

  34. Uncle Creepy

    Uncle Creepy

    7 päivää 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

  35. Rich B.

    Rich B.

    7 päivää 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.

  36. Maurice Rose

    Maurice Rose

    8 päivää sitten

    ...X-Wing Fighters remind you of Dragsters with wings...



    8 päivää sitten

    A jet can go 1000mph



    8 päivää sitten

    A jet is faster

  39. Turkey Bacon

    Turkey Bacon

    10 päivää sitten

    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.

  40. Turkey Bacon

    Turkey Bacon

    10 päivää sitten

    Very well done video. Informative, straight to the point. No fluff. Thank you.

  41. Chin Hoi Wong

    Chin Hoi Wong

    11 päivää sitten

    why dont they make it autonomous driving if it is so dangerous???

    • Elitem


      4 päivää sitten

      it’s part of the sport and competitive side of it if your drivers better your time will be better but if you all have the same driver the times will be the same and the race won’t be competitive

    • Chin Hoi Wong

      Chin Hoi Wong

      10 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

    • Captain Hellhound

      Captain Hellhound

      10 päivää sitten


  42. Revanatic ThePlayer

    Revanatic ThePlayer

    11 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?

    • Captain Hellhound

      Captain Hellhound

      10 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

  43. Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson

    11 päivää sitten

    do a video about the nitro runners that hit 650 in sub 4 seconds.

  44. SilverStone


    11 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

    • Captain Hellhound

      Captain Hellhound

      10 päivää sitten

      Fastest accelerating cars

  45. Nolan Delaney

    Nolan Delaney

    11 päivää sitten

    0:20 I was at that race.. wild



    12 päivää sitten

    america car america car

  47. Stephen Kalmar

    Stephen Kalmar

    13 päivää sitten

    It’s Top Fuel, not Top Flight! 😂

  48. Muhammad Nadeem

    Muhammad Nadeem

    14 päivää sitten

    Uuffff what a Blast....

  49. Elite Club

    Elite Club

    14 päivää sitten

    What stops them from making a FWD dragster that has none of the issues with wheelies?

    • Captain Hellhound

      Captain Hellhound

      10 päivää sitten

      Then they have the issue of keeping the tires on the ground.

  50. Eris


    14 päivää sitten

    24 feet per gallon, now thats the most American thing I've heard all day.

    • Sergiy nevidomo

      Sergiy nevidomo

      10 päivää sitten


  51. I Putu Tara Adi

    I Putu Tara Adi

    14 päivää sitten

    It broke because they use aluminum

  52. Daniel Brower

    Daniel Brower

    14 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.

  53. Henk Smit

    Henk Smit

    15 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

  54. The Waffle

    The Waffle

    15 päivää sitten

    Not as fast as my was 2105

  55. N·M·S·L which is a stand of RMB

    N·M·S·L which is a stand of RMB

    16 päivää sitten

    SSC is the fastest car in the world But Top fuel dragster refused

  56. Xach E3r

    Xach E3r

    16 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

  57. PhillipZX3


    17 päivää sitten

    They're the QUICKEST cars on the planet. The FASTEST are raced at places like the salt flats, etc. ;-)

  58. Tullo


    17 päivää sitten

    Humanity at its peak stupidity=Dragsters and Bull Fighting

  59. Super- noodle2008

    Super- noodle2008

    18 päivää sitten

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

  60. SlingbladeJim


    18 päivää sitten

    Now THAT was interesting............thank you.

  61. Izzaac Alley

    Izzaac Alley

    18 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

  62. Scott Crabtree

    Scott Crabtree

    18 päivää sitten

    I've always loved the pictures, that show the wrinkling of the rear tires, when they start off!

  63. Gabriel T

    Gabriel T

    19 päivää sitten

    as you can see it was a woman at the wheel :D

  64. Kaplan Günhan

    Kaplan Günhan

    19 päivää sitten

    I find it so fascinating how fucking fast these cars really are

  65. gognaz


    20 päivää sitten

    1: leave quick 2: go straight 3: go fast

  66. Dazfast


    20 päivää sitten

    Why not just talk normally, this sound really odd.

  67. Noah Reimer-Nielsen

    Noah Reimer-Nielsen

    20 päivää sitten

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

  68. Kaiser Swaghelm II

    Kaiser Swaghelm II

    21 päivä 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!"

  69. Kamikaze


    21 päivä sitten

    Wow. That slow-mo of the tires rippling is insane.

  70. Justin Case

    Justin Case

    21 päivä sitten

    3000 moneys per second? that is ridiculous

  71. Playing With Sophia

    Playing With Sophia

    21 päivä sitten

    Rip car fuel efficiency competition

  72. Mike Brown

    Mike Brown

    22 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

  73. ihatemegatron216


    22 päivää sitten

    Driver 61: "Top fuel dragsters are the fastest cars on the planet" SUPERSONIC CARS HAVE ENTERED THE CHAT.

    • ihatemegatron216


      22 päivää sitten

      @Ric Aurandt fair point, but have you considered rocket sleds?

    • Ric Aurandt

      Ric Aurandt

      22 päivää sitten

      Fastest acceleration of any vehicle on earth is held by Top Fuel only.

  74. dogegamer 2995

    dogegamer 2995

    22 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?

  75. Valeera


    23 päivää sitten

    these are nothing compared to the new electric dragsters set to come out in a couple years

  76. And Metal for All

    And Metal for All

    23 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.

  77. rohit nautiyal

    rohit nautiyal

    23 päivää sitten

    Everyone should experience these freaking monsters. Nothing can prepare you for the launch.

  78. Benjamin gammer

    Benjamin gammer

    23 päivää sitten

    "She" crashed the dragster? LMAO who the fuck let that happen

    • Captain Hellhound

      Captain Hellhound

      10 päivää sitten

      Women are lighter and have a better reaction time on average

  79. Michael Ritchie

    Michael Ritchie

    24 päivää sitten

    hear me out top fuel motor in a miata lol

  80. Tetsu Toshiro

    Tetsu Toshiro

    24 päivää sitten

    Imagine putting one of those engines in a normal car

    • Tetsu Toshiro

      Tetsu Toshiro

      23 päivää sitten

      @DJF_62 lol

    • DJF_62


      23 päivää sitten

      Just imagine you shift into reverse to back out of the driveway, let off the brake and PSWHOOOOOOOO

  81. My True Love is My FR-S

    My True Love is My FR-S

    24 päivää sitten

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

  82. greenglass2


    24 päivää sitten

    are they street legal?

    • Shain Andrews

      Shain Andrews

      15 päivää sitten


  83. DevinDTV


    24 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.

  84. Casey Carlile

    Casey Carlile

    24 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 😂

  85. Robert Byrd

    Robert Byrd

    25 päivää sitten

    Nice video, but you didn't even talk about the 'wheelie bars'. Fail :(

  86. Michael Gilmore

    Michael Gilmore

    25 päivää sitten

    Are you missing part of your tongue ???? dude you sound terrible

  87. Becky Meader

    Becky Meader

    26 päivää sitten

    I was there and my car blow up

  88. Jude Jones

    Jude Jones

    26 päivää sitten

    Guess it was no cat

  89. frnkjones40


    26 päivää sitten

    And a properly designed set of WHEELIE BARS count for nothing????? How in the world can you omit these in an illustration?

  90. Matthew Albitz

    Matthew Albitz

    26 päivää sitten

    Call of flames coming out of the exhaust it’s barely an internal combustion engine

  91. Lysergic Brainwave Thrawthingal Byeblathingal

    Lysergic Brainwave Thrawthingal Byeblathingal

    27 päivää sitten

    3:26 lol *HOLY SHIT!*

  92. gj rt

    gj rt

    27 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.

  93. Juanito Durden

    Juanito Durden

    27 päivää sitten

    6:40 is what you came for

  94. Mohamed K. Zakaria

    Mohamed K. Zakaria

    28 päivää sitten

    I want someone to rub my back like these guys rub the wheels!

    • Mohamed K. Zakaria

      Mohamed K. Zakaria

      28 päivää sitten

      @Col b lol 😀

    • Col b

      Col b

      28 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.

  95. tincupnickleboy the 1st

    tincupnickleboy the 1st

    29 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 !!

  96. りゅうとしゃちょう


    29 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

  97. experience noose

    experience noose

    29 päivää sitten


  98. Mherzia Rescatie

    Mherzia Rescatie

    29 päivää sitten

    I learned a lot of engineering watching this thanks

  99. sugarsaint


    Uukausi sitten

    👀 ROFL

  100. Speed Killer

    Speed Killer

    Uukausi sitten

    accelerate faster than a jet... that really isnt too hard...