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Triumph TR6 - Adenaline rush

exhaust not strictly TR6 stuff although it is the contents of an article in our local Triumph club magazine. Just the same, I got a bit of a buzz out of this and though a few other petrol heads might enjoy it too!!

One Top Fuel dragster 500cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first four rows at the Daytona 500.

Under full throttle, a Top Fuel dragster engine consumes 1.5 gallons (5.7 litres) of nitro-methane per second: a fully laden 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.

A Dodge 426 Hemi V8 cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster
Roger H

Trust Roger to keep finding these little gems.
I've only drag raced a few times but it is one of the most exciting things I ever experienced,and it sure
didn't happen in 4.441 sec.
Keep'em coming Roger, it's going to be a long winter
up here.
Christopher Trace

Another fact that I find interesting is that the engine in that 4.5 second run only revolves about 800 times.
Joe Justice
Joe Justice

Good read..makes you stop and think. No wounder they blow up!
Joe..explain yourself please...does not make sense. Are you saying within that 4.5 seconds, the engine only turns over 800 times?
Seems low when you compare this to an F1. Schue turns his red rocket at 18,000 RPM.

And we think our little hobby is expensive!
Rick C
Rick Crawford

Sometime I think my TR6 costs $1000 per second to keep running!

Don from Jersey
D Hasara


Joe is correct. Consider the math. A dragster engine turns a lot slower than an F1 race, maybe only 10,000rpm. That's 167 revs/second. Multipy that by 4.5 seconds and you have only 752 revolutions! Even at 18,000rpm, it would be only 1350 revs.

I used to be a free-lance photographer covering motor racing. With my press pass, I was able to get into the press box about 20 feet from the cars at the start line. Believe me, standing that close when one of these cars nails a launch is quite an experience! The ground literally shakes. I just wish every car nut could experience it at least once.
Dan Masters

This thread was discussed on 01/12/2004

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