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JET Dragsters: The Insane 320MPH Dragsters

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This is a Jet-Powered Dragster, boasting more than 20 thousand horsepower per tonne and is one of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet.
It’s not the only dragster to use jet power though, there have been things like rocket-semi trucks, school buses and record-breaking funny cars.
But how do they work? And can they compete with the current crop of lightning-fast dragsters? All that, coming up.
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Jet dragsters have been around since the 1960s when racers began purchasing military-surplus jet engines and fitting them to custom dragster chassis’. Initially, they ran them at Bonneville Salt Flats before running them in full NHRA competitions and demolishing the piston-engined cars.
However, the insane speed and fire-risks meant the NHRA banned them. Even now, jet-cars are only run as ‘exhibition cars’ and cannot compete against each other. Whilst this is a shame, we can speculate at how they stack up against current piston-engined cars.
This is the Fireforce 5, a specialised jet-dragster that completes the quarter-mile in just over 5 seconds and can hit well over 300mph. It uses a jet-engine from a helicopter and is one of the quickest jet-cars ever made.
So why would you take a technology that is normally used to propel aircraft and fit it to a race car? Essentially it’s another take on the process of releasing energy from fuel and using it to go really fast.
But for Drag Racing it's a solution that allows them to create immense power without the drawbacks that we have spoken about in previous videos, things like exploding engines, snapping chassis’ in half and ripping tyres clean off the rim.
Not to mention that they produce incredible thrust for their weight, explaining why they are so popular for propelling aircraft.
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  1. Driver61


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    Aren't these jet-dragsters mad?! Which was your favourite? Join the 7 Days to Faster Lap Times Email List! ➤ It's free and Scott will send you his top tips to improve your lap times, both in the sim and the real-world!

    • EyesOfByes


      Uukausi sitten

      The not yet revealed railgun dragster 😏

    • Jef Damen

      Jef Damen

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      @Harman P Johnson Take a chell pell mate, nice abundance of

    • Jef Damen

      Jef Damen

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      Piston dragsters for the win. So brutal. But jets are nice too. So is your content, u are a great teacher.

    • Matt


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      @scott c I think the concord's louvres were to slow supersonic airflow to subsonic before reaching the compressor; the SR-71 had something like this as well for it's ramjets.

    • Andy Sedgley

      Andy Sedgley

      Uukausi sitten

      @scott c Oops! Apologies! I direct my question to the other Scott!

  2. Jan Holub

    Jan Holub

    5 tuntia sitten

    How about the cost per run? Top Fuel dragster is ca $10k per run, as you have to rebuild the whole engine, clutch, tyres and basically the whole car. Jet engines are rated Time Before Overhaul (TBO) up to 40.000 hours. So you can race all day long, just top up the fuel and check the tyres, is that right? Cost per run should be way less.

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    sdfs sds

    10 tuntia sitten

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  4. Damonii


    3 päivää sitten

    What about rocket cars in competitive racing? Were they ever a viable option? If a dramatic engine change was not breaking the rules (internal combustion to jet) I would think the next evolution would be closed system rocket. Solve the issue of of variable trust based on speed/oxidizer flow rate: constant thrust

  5. Al GFourty

    Al GFourty

    6 päivää sitten

    On this subject I know you've brushed upon drag bikes before, but how about Eric Teboul's current ROCKET POWERED drag bike or the now long-since retired rocket cars of Sammy Miller and Kitty O'Neil. Once saw Sammy Miller do a pass when I was young and I have never experienced anything like it! As quick as Fireforce V is, Sammy did the quarter mile in three and a half seconds, I for one would be interested to know how that was even possible.

  6. Gee


    10 päivää sitten

    Well now I know where rocket league got it’s inspiration.

  7. S JJ

    S JJ

    11 päivää sitten

    This..... This is the most American thing america ever invented

  8. Áron Barta

    Áron Barta

    11 päivää sitten

    Couldn’t engineers design a strong enough brake system that holds the dragster in place until the lights go out, even at full power? Would it be too heavy? Because then the jet engine would have enough time to get to full power

  9. ninjaswordtothehead


    13 päivää sitten

    I wanna built the first JATO-assisted drag bicycle.

  10. Arqaan plays

    Arqaan plays

    15 päivää sitten

    So you mean rocket league cars

  11. RazzBerry


    15 päivää sitten

    if they doubled or tripled the length of the dragstrip would the jet powered car begin to outperform the other cars? or would that not be feasible, i don’t know too much about drag racing.

  12. TTV_Switcher260


    16 päivää sitten


  13. Florian Walter

    Florian Walter

    18 päivää sitten

    So why not doint the obvious? Hybrid Dragster with piston engine plus turbine, that starts after 100 meters?

  14. Rico's Roughnecks

    Rico's Roughnecks

    18 päivää sitten

    I remember watching them when they were allowed to compete at raceway park in nj

  15. Rohit Burra

    Rohit Burra

    18 päivää sitten

    People did this bc their crazy or bored

  16. Friday Californiaa

    Friday Californiaa

    19 päivää sitten

    Some things are wrong here : you don't use an helicopter engine to get thrust from it. Turboshafts are only meant to give torque on an axle. Turbojets produce real thrust, but are used only in aircraft.

  17. Drino Zhao

    Drino Zhao

    19 päivää sitten

    The elfin cable subcellularly bounce because romania tribally lock times a prickly bracket. warm, gleaming knickers

  18. Erika


    21 päivä sitten

    "So why would you take a technology that is normally used to propell aircraft and fit it to a race car? Because you can, thats why haha

  19. K SP

    K SP

    24 päivää sitten

    Fuel economy is measured in oil fields per mile

  20. Casey Carlile

    Casey Carlile

    24 päivää sitten

    Problem solved: make a turbine/diesel hybrid 👌 You get the low end diesel torque with the high end turbine power! It’s a crazy idea but I’m sure the Germans could do it! 😊 considering they basically invented everything that we now take for granted ❤️❤️

  21. Icrem Ibor

    Icrem Ibor

    25 päivää sitten

    Me: *draws a car that a topbspeed of 380 mph*

  22. A S

    A S

    25 päivää sitten

    Bob Lazar sent me.

  23. Narei Mooncatt

    Narei Mooncatt

    26 päivää sitten

    I have been fortunate enough to be a trackside photographer at a couple of jet car events. To be standing 20 feet or less from dueling afterburner pops feels like getting kicked in the chest by an entire herd of horses. When the tree goes green and they take off, it's like the fires of hell itself opened up and a thousand screaming banshees are coming for you (and that's with ear protection). The cars are half way down the track before you actually feel the thrust, which is like being sand blasted with a blowtorch as it blows the dust and debris back at you. A lot of people make fun of them because "top fuel is faster." True, but these beasts are exciting in their own right.

  24. Mike Jones

    Mike Jones

    26 päivää sitten

    "Why would you take tech. designed to propel an aircraft and fit it to a race car?" Because you can, and it kicks ass!

  25. Stan Kakol

    Stan Kakol

    26 päivää sitten

    With all respect, YAWN!! Who cares about 320 mph? Piston powered dragsters dominate the jets in a quarter mile.

  26. Psychlops 924

    Psychlops 924

    27 päivää sitten

    Is the NHRA paying you yet? Seriously, these videos are way better and more educational than the stuff the NHRA puts out for their broadcasts. I was already a drag racing fan, but these videos have made me even more excited for the Gatornationals 😁

  27. winged


    28 päivää sitten

    2:00 if you play KSP you already know that.

  28. Robert Anderson

    Robert Anderson

    28 päivää sitten

    5 seconds? Sorry. Too slow. When they hit 335mph in 3.5seconds... the experience of the noise alone is worth the top fuel. Jets are still fun to watch but not nearly as much as top fuel

  29. 2Jz god 2006

    2Jz god 2006

    Uukausi sitten

    Tire with no rim? Like if u get it



    Uukausi sitten

    Jet dragsters dont really fascinate me as much. Its cool but ehhh, what's interesting is that top fuel dragsters produce that much stress on the engine, that the team practically needs to rebuild it after every run... I mean hey they do have thousands of ponies with 1 gear that has extreme torque. Makes sense to me

  31. Qgal5kap123


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    It would be interesting to see the results of a high power turbojet like the J79 (LM1500) coupled to a hydraulic transmission.

  32. Qgal5kap123


    Uukausi sitten

    This was a good and accurate description of what's happening here.

  33. Cris P. Bacon

    Cris P. Bacon

    Uukausi sitten

    I'm gonna put a jet-engine into my wheelchair

  34. Keisuke Takahasi

    Keisuke Takahasi

    Uukausi sitten

    i would like to see dragsters reach a certain top speed (for example 1000kmh) rather than just the old 1/4 mile thing tbh

  35. Abhilash Patel

    Abhilash Patel

    Uukausi sitten

    Are you sure about 30-40% efficient?

  36. Alex


    Uukausi sitten

    Has anyone made an electric dragster yet?

  37. Procat Procat

    Procat Procat

    Uukausi sitten

    Are there any competitive electric drag cars yet? Electric will eventually destroy piston engined drag cars because the torque is available from low rpm

  38. Tom Snow

    Tom Snow

    Uukausi sitten

    just curious top fuel or jet dragsters are better? in terms of engineering then in terms of the environment? not to cause a climate question just curious about the advancement of motor sports

  39. Tribe of the Iron Flame

    Tribe of the Iron Flame

    Uukausi sitten

    3:48 Do you want to have the worst sunburn you've ever felt? Because that's how you get the worst sunburn you've ever felt. Also if your AWS certified, that's _probably_ a pretty good way to lose that certification by not following the minimum safety regulations

  40. Who you looking at? abs

    Who you looking at? abs

    Uukausi sitten

    Look, there is a Difference between A Turboshaft and a Turbojet, Turbojets are used in Fighter Jets and they use the Incredibly Fast and High Speed Exhaust Gases to Propel the Aircraft, Turboshafts on the other hand use the The Rotation of the Core (so the Turbine and Compressor) to turn the Gearbox that Turns the Wheels. Turboshaft Engines Provide Very Little Thrust as the Way they are intended to be used is by connecting it to a Gearbox (Or whatever you need it to power). They Do Operate Very similarly, Because they are both Jet Turbine Engines, both Work on the Same Principle.

  41. carel haasbroek

    carel haasbroek

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    I think they can get more thrust if they use higher bypass engines.

  42. Michał Michał

    Michał Michał

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    They need afterburner

  43. Prison Mike

    Prison Mike

    Uukausi sitten

    Ayee Bandimere nice I was there July 4th!

  44. Marcus Hutchison

    Marcus Hutchison

    Uukausi sitten

    2:30 He crashed, but he still won

  45. Leynad Jee

    Leynad Jee

    Uukausi sitten

    So not the right choice as a daily I guess.

  46. castlecatcher


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    plz do one on rocket dragsters

  47. saulės cukrus

    saulės cukrus

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    Please make video about tractor pull race. Where they have multiple engines

  48. etc arief

    etc arief

    Uukausi sitten

    Thrust SSC and Bloodhound : finally , a worthy opponent

  49. Jonathan Moore

    Jonathan Moore

    Uukausi sitten

    Only men can handle these beasts. Lookin at you Cletus McBitchface

  50. Max Ford

    Max Ford

    Uukausi sitten

    Why..... ?!? .....because. ...that's why.

  51. Matt South

    Matt South

    Uukausi sitten

    Someone should put a nozzle on the jet similar to a jet ski, so the driver can divert the thrust up and hold it at full throttle while staging, then to launch just swivel the nozzle. Kind of like a harrier in reverse.

  52. Domino cracker

    Domino cracker

    Uukausi sitten

    Wow the new season of rocket league looking great

  53. Emily van Möslfak

    Emily van Möslfak

    Uukausi sitten

    You are mentioning that the turbines come from helicopters and then explain how plane turbines work. This one 0:46 actually is from a helicopter and it doesn't use the thrust of the exhaust to push itself forward, but the exhaust is directed on a second set of turbine wheels wich turn a shaft that connects with the wheels - or before with the helicopter's rotors.

  54. Rashawn GT

    Rashawn GT

    Uukausi sitten

    Don't let Richard Hamond near the jet car.

  55. 〖Beginner〗Waffles


    Uukausi sitten

    4:52 why did that happen? the wheel just slipped while the other one just kept on going

  56. Mr X

    Mr X

    Uukausi sitten

    seance a jet car is classed an exhibition only the NHRA will only allow them to run 320.99 mph. if they wanted to run faster all they need to do is open the fuel regulator and pay the fine for going faster then allowed

  57. Top GIFs With Sound

    Top GIFs With Sound

    Uukausi sitten

    hp and torque are the wrong measurements when it has thrust

  58. Lemiwinks


    Uukausi sitten

    the reason why i cant really get behind jet dragsters is that theres very minimal skill in driving and setup. no need to account for track condition nor the driver doesnt have much to do other than steer

  59. Daniel Squires

    Daniel Squires

    Uukausi sitten

    These video's are amazing for learning really enjoy them, what's the dance track in the background around 6min.30?

  60. Mig Y

    Mig Y

    Uukausi sitten

    Next video: rocket propelled dragsters. 👌

  61. Shane Mackay

    Shane Mackay

    Uukausi sitten

    5 seconds is slow for foreforce 5 😂😂😂 defo beem in to the 3seconds mark

    • Shane Mackay

      Shane Mackay

      Uukausi sitten

      @Neil Marks you maybe be right and i did some research and you are correct if feels fast as it goes past 🤣🤣

    • Neil Marks

      Neil Marks

      Uukausi sitten

      Not true. No jet car has ever run below 5 seconds over the quarter mile in the UK. You may be thinking of Sammy Miller’s rocket car from the 80’s

  62. TheCharillz23


    Uukausi sitten

    Jet cars cant top 11000hp nitro top fuel monsters shaking the earth as they rip to 126mph in 60ft.. love them v8 monsters

  63. Jacob Dinsmore

    Jacob Dinsmore

    Uukausi sitten

    Always LOVE seeing the rocket trucks burning down the billboard to top off night under fire at Summit Raceway. First place I ever saw NHRA and Rocket dragsters. Absolutely incredible sight and sound

  64. kurias joy

    kurias joy

    Uukausi sitten

    For rally game ❤️

  65. Folk


    Uukausi sitten

    Also: The TFD should adopt "fly" by wire to control torque

  66. Folk


    Uukausi sitten

    Next: Electric Dragsters

  67. Toby Cook

    Toby Cook

    Uukausi sitten

    Matin Hill, the creator of Fireforce at Santa Pod, created his first Jet powered car was because he got fed up of making high HP V8s as they're so complicated: Piston timings, etc.

  68. Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor

    Uukausi sitten

    A lot of persuasive argument for jet cars

  69. Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor

    Uukausi sitten

    No engine rebuilds necessary

  70. Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor

    Uukausi sitten

    Bring back jet dragsters

  71. Robert Kerr

    Robert Kerr

    Uukausi sitten

    Helicopters don't use jet engines. Jet engines produce thrust, not horsepower.

  72. mur B

    mur B

    Uukausi sitten

    electric motors off the line, the jet to eff you up

  73. Viper


    Uukausi sitten

    *stuffs J79 into a car*

  74. Jorge


    Uukausi sitten

    Wouldn't it be better to use the engine as a turboshaft to drive the wheels? If you want the best thrust to weight with absolutely no regard about efficiency use a solid rocket

  75. constantinos schinas

    constantinos schinas

    Uukausi sitten

    they could max out the jet engine and hold the cars using wires at start. then suddenly release them on launch.

  76. Ozgur Ozusen

    Ozgur Ozusen

    Uukausi sitten

    Not a gtr :D

  77. Supreme Lobster

    Supreme Lobster

    Uukausi sitten

    Use electric motors for the first half of the run, and jet engines for the second half, and you are a winner.

  78. GCF Undefined

    GCF Undefined

    Uukausi sitten

    Why put an aircraft jet engine onto a a chassis with four wheels? --- why give road-going cars a potential top speed of 400kph, even though it will never come close to that speed, outside of a racetrack? my guess is for the novelty of doing it

  79. Kevin Guthrie

    Kevin Guthrie

    Uukausi sitten

    They use wide hose clamps on top fuel dragster's for motor mounts

  80. Chance Haugland

    Chance Haugland

    Uukausi sitten

    ... What if you piped it through a torque converter? I should probably clarify that I'm talking about turboshafts, not turbojets/turbofans/(sc)ramjets. Turboshafts are designed to primarily produce rotational torque instead of thrust. Soooo what would happen if we used a torque converter to transfer that torque to the wheels?

  81. lingSpeed


    Uukausi sitten

    Nice video! 1:12 Thats not a heli engine, it could have been pulled from some prototype heli, but i's commercial use was for small jets (civil and military). Heli engines are designed to extract power through turbine shaft, so it would be not efficient to use just exhaust thrust. At 0:47 thou the dragster is probably using a gas turbine (jet) to power the wheels, that would be good use of heli engine. Also a bit disappointed no mention was given to fundamental difference between Jets and ICE, similar to the one between electric motor vs ICE. Jets and electric engines (before other technical limits) produce constant Torque or Thrust, while ICE drivetrain produces constant Power. It's often no good at all to even try rating jets power, as that depends on airspeed. For example we can have a jet use maximum thrust at takeoff but still produce less power than it will then use to cruise. But tbh i've not seen one automotive channel explain correctly what power actually is. Probably because of trying desperately not to alienate the audience... It really seems like people will get to understand how cars work only after "car" as a concept dies.

  82. D D

    D D

    Uukausi sitten

    when did jet cars ever beat the best piston dragsters NHRA shortened the 1/4 mile strip to 1000 feet as the piston drag cars were getting too fast but even at 1/4 mile the top piston dragsters have been going under 4 seconds for years another sensationalistic video on youtube that has wrong info

  83. TheThirdMan


    Uukausi sitten

    Jet fuel is a hell of a lot cheaper than nitro. Just saying.

  84. An idiot in a racing car

    An idiot in a racing car

    Uukausi sitten

    Why are the rear tires still so large and thick? To hold the car before the start?

  85. Don Lee

    Don Lee

    Uukausi sitten

    jet dragsters accelerate faster and faster as you speed up. top fuel dragsters accelerate immediately but then taper very quickly. For 1/4 mile, Top Fuel dragster For 1 mile, jet dragster.

  86. bucketslash11


    Uukausi sitten

    remember when Hammond drove one

  87. D.B.


    Uukausi sitten

    It’s f wild to think some dude woke up one day and thought “let’s try a jet engine”!

  88. Leon Schumann

    Leon Schumann

    Uukausi sitten

    4:10 DHL sponsoring a dragster: we deliver extremely fast ... but 2 times out of 10 you package will be toast

  89. Hunhow


    Uukausi sitten

    Wait, isnt the burning jet fuel carcinogenic?

  90. Alain Mare

    Alain Mare

    Uukausi sitten

    What is exactly the purpose of these ridiculous machines. Beat records or to made the much polluting machine able to kill their pilots ? Difficult to understand for a European citizen.

  91. MaioMango


    Uukausi sitten

    Halo mateo

    • Mateloo


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  92. Beau ! Bear

    Beau ! Bear

    Uukausi sitten

    A jet drag car will never match the thrill of a nitro monster.

  93. Rocketplane


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    Couple of small nitpicks: the compression due to speed for a jet engine doesn't really matter until you're supersonic. The compressor does essentially all the work no matter what speed the dragster is going. Also, jet engines can be very efficient, but the kind used in fighters and drag cars isn't because efficiency comes at the expense of maximum thrust. Also, unless the jet engine is driving the wheels, "power" means nothing for a jet engine. (Also, it would be more technically correct to say that the car is "turbine powered" if the wheels are driven.) The effective power of the jet engine is the thrust produced times the speed of the car. When you look at the fact the car does better on the back half of the course from this perspective, it's small wonder. Your power effectively increases linearly with speed.

  94. MartyParty!


    Uukausi sitten

    Vanishing point! Rocket car kills the jet car in a 1/4 mile research it 👍👍👍

  95. Dan4President


    Uukausi sitten

    When mpg means metres per gallon

  96. Edwin Sandborg

    Edwin Sandborg

    Uukausi sitten

    I did the calculations and only got 433 kg of downforce with an angle of 10 degrees. Dunno what I did wrong. Sin is O/H, H is 2494 kg of thrust, then 2494*sin(10) is 433 kg.

  97. J Cole

    J Cole

    Uukausi sitten

    Demolishes piston driven cars with a 5 sec 1/4 mile *Top fuel laughs in sub 4s* >U can't just make things up, that's not how this works

  98. Starm Wars

    Starm Wars

    Uukausi sitten

    i saw a jet dragster incinerate a pt cruiser

  99. Kyle


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    Any more plans for the sim channel? I went back to find the old mx5 lap challenge and couldnt see it anywhere

  100. filster


    Uukausi sitten

    I think electric dragsters are going to be so much better. Too much smoke, noise and pounding in my chest for me.