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Courtney welcomes NHRA top fuel dragster racer Clay Millican to PowerBlock this weekend. His Parts Plus machine produces 8,000 horses from a 500 cubic Hemi that makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows at the Indy 500! Clay is one of the most successful IHRA racers of all time: IHRA All-Time Most Wins for Professional Driver, Six Consecutive World Championships (2001-2006), 51 IHRA National Event Wins, Top Fuel Consecutive Event Wins (10 in 2002), Top Fuel Consecutive Round Wins (30 in 2002), Most Wins in a single season (11 in 2002)
IHRA World Record Holder for Elapse Time and Speed 4.48 @ 328 mph and 2000 IHRA Rookie of the Year. Check it out on The PowerBlock July 7th & 8th and remember we now air 9am ET – 11am ET. For more: ClayMillican.com
Here are some cool stats on dragsters:
• One cylinder of the eight cylinders of a Top Fuel dragster produces more than the entire horsepower output of a NASCAR Sprint Cup engine.
• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster leaves the starting line with a force nearly five times that of gravity, the same force of the space shuttle when it leaves the launching pad at Cape Canaveral.
• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster accelerates from 0 to 100 mph in less than .8-second, almost 11 seconds quicker than it takes a production Porsche 911 Turbo to reach the same speed.
• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster travels the length of more than four football fields in less than four seconds
• It takes just 15/100ths of a second for all 8,000 horsepower of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the rear wheels.
• Under full throttle, a Top Fuel dragster engine consumes 1 gallon of nitromethane per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
• A stock Dodge 426 Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster’s supercharger.
• With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
• In order to exceed 300 mph in 4 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G’s. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the launch acceleration approaches 8G’s.