The dragster is an acceleration motor sport, with two categories : two wheels and four wheels. The rules of the race are easy to understand : the pilot must put as little time as possible to cover a distance of 1/4 mile (402 meters) or sometimes 1/8 mile (201 meters) and, since 2012, 1000 feet (305 meters). The accelerations can be impressive, and vehicles may need to use a parachute to stop .
The top category is “ Top Fuel “; with the new regulation NHRA for this category, the tests are fighting today to 305 meters, who travel within 3.8 s . Machines are propelled by engines that can exceed 8000 hp , fueled by a mixture of nitromethane (90%) and methanol (10%).
During the trial, the two competitors in the same category are presented side by side, each in a track ; the “burnout” allows to deposit gum on the track and increase the rear grip for departure. The start is done by a light. Come on, let burn rubber!
Where is it?
Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, Var, France