Why Do They Call It A Funny Car??

Graham Light, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, NHRA: They’d had the rear wheels moved considerably up the shaft chassis.

They also increased the size of the rear tires, greatly oversized from stock.

And looking at the cars they looked close to stock, but not quite.

Hence the name funny cars.

How much does a funny car cost?

Today, fielding a Funny Car team can cost between US$2.6 and US$3 million. A single carbon fiber body can cost US$70,000. Nitro Funny Car racing has never been more competitive than since 2006.

What is the difference between Top Fuel and Funny Car?

Funny cars and Top Fuel dragsters are professional drag race cars and have their own racing category. Top Fuel dragsters generally have the same horsepower as Funny cars, but are faster because they are lighter with narrow bodies. Funny cars and Top Fuel dragsters are straight-line quarter-mile racers.

How fast does a funny car go?

Top Fuel dragsters are the quickest accelerating racing cars in the world and the fastest sanctioned category of drag racing, with the fastest competitors reaching speeds of 335 miles per hour (539 km/h) and finishing the 1,000 foot (305 m) runs in 3.62 seconds.

What engine do funny cars use?

A Funny Car uses the same 8,000 horsepower nitromethane-fueled supercharged Chrysler Hemi engine that is used in Top Fuel so it is not surprising that they are able to cover the 1,000-foot course in just over four-seconds at speeds in excess of 320-mph.

What is the fastest Funny Car?

(AP) — Matt Hagan had the fastest Funny Car pass in NHRA history to top qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Heartland Nationals. Hagan had a 3.802-second pass at 338.85 mph in his Dodge Charger R/T at Heartland Park Topeka to break both ends of the national record during the first round of the day.

How fast do funny cars go 0 60?

0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, making it the quickest production car in the world. 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds. Quarter mile in 8.8 seconds, which beats every other production car. 250+ mph top speed.

What’s the fastest car in the world?

The Top 10 Fastest Production Cars in the World in 2019

  • Bugatti Chiron Sport: 261 MPH. Bugatti.
  • Mercedes-AMG Project One: “At Least” 217 MPH.
  • Lamborghini Aventador SVJ: 217 MPH.
  • Ford GT: 216 MPH.
  • Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: 212 MPH.
  • Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: 211 MPH.
  • Porsche 911 GT2 RS: 211 MPH.
  • McLaren Senna: 208 MPH.

How much do funny car drivers make?

Average Salary. In a 2008 “Ebony” magazine article, leading National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) stock drag racer Tom Hammonds estimated the average salary of a successful professional drag racer at about $150,000 per year. Adjusted for 2011 inflation rates, that comes to about $158,000 annually.

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