BimmerWorld Racing races into PowerBlock!

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Courtney is joined by Grand Am racer James Clay this weekend along with his CRC Brakleen BMW 328i race car as we explore the world of road racing. James started BimmerWorld to fuel his passion for racing by selling used parts. His one-car team has grown into a 3-car team, and the business has transformed into selling a full line of BMW parts, OEM, stock parts for you and me and performance parts to build professional race cars. The Grand Am cars are mostly stock and look like cars you’d buy from the dealer showroom, except for the safety equipment. You can check it out on PowerBlock August 4 & 5. For more on James, go to BimmerWorldRacing.com & CRCindustries.com

8,000 Horsepower Dragster on PowerBlock!

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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.

Wooden Car?

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Check out PowerBlock May 12 & 13 as Courtney welcomes Tom Edwards and his very rare 1924 Hispano Suiza Roadster. This wood body torpedo was built by World War 1 aircraft engine manufacturer Hispano Suiza. After the war they built 12 of these wood bodied race cars- only 3 remain today! The body is made out of Mahogany and weighs only 166 lbs. It’s powered by an in-line 8 that makes about 130 horsepower. The underneath is completely wrapped in copper for better aerodynamics. Watch Tom pilot this 88 year old race car around the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville track on PowerBlock May 12 & 13. For more racing go to FairgroundsSpeedwayNashville.com

PowerBlock Goes Electric!

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This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney features two Nissan Leaf all electric race cars! Ron Stukenberg, Senior Manager for Nissan Motorsports, brings the Nissan Leaf that won its division at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and a NISMO Leaf RC. The RC stands for racing competition and it could be the future of racing. It goes zero to 60 in 6.8 seconds and only weighs 2000lbs. It’s 100% electric so there’s no emissions, no CO2 gases or noisy exhaust. The other Leaf is completely stock except for a rollcage, fire extinguisher and more aggressive tires and wheels. Off road driver Chad Hord drove it up the 12 mile, 156 turn course in a time of 14:33. The race finishes at 14,110 feet and higher altitude means less performance for an internal combustion car. But the electric Leaf had no loss of power. Check it out on PowerBlock January 28 & 29. For more go to NissanUSA.com/Performance