Limit the 2 things that let them go fast. Limit the fuel pump and the magneto... that simple
Prudhomme is has been and an arogant ashhole. If he keeps smarting off to the young drivers and telling them what to do, he is gonna be sporting a couple black eyes and a fat lip.don prudhomme sez he thinks everyone is overreacting,
Bob Vandergriff and Tony Pedregon made the statements Don Prudhomme needed to keep his mouth shut or he was going to be "drinking thru a straw for the next couple months" in an interveiw.never heard that about him, but that's funny ass shit.
If you look back in post I also say limit pump/magneto it just makes sence to me, it's what it takes to go fast.The easiest way to slow them down would be to rextrict blower OD, and limit to one Mag and one fuel pump. The really good way would be to have a spec pump and mag that would be given to the racers at the race, like CART used to so with their wastegates to limit boost. But that would involve a competent and well-staffed tech department.......
Jeremy - I agree that is really what it comes down to. The car is not designed to "impact" if it had the chance to roll/tumble the outcome would probably been very diff regardless of the speedI dont get it...
A freak accident happens where a car hits a pole and then a camera boom...so everyone wants to slow the cars down now?
Why not make so that you cant hit a pole or a camera boom at 250mph by moving those items AWAY from the track?
I'm old too, but I don't remember the rocket cars being that fast or them losing drivers and having speed controling incidents. They have never acheived what FC and TF cars have.Just a thought here. I am old enough to remember when the jet and rocket cars were killing a bunch of guys. A speed limit was imposed. Instead of giving the crew chiefs an obstacle to overcome like taking away fuel,compression boost etc. Set a speed limit at 300 m.p.h. Break the speed limit...You lose. Simple as that! Then crew chiefs will use all that brain power in the desired direction??
That kind of proves my point, I don't ever remember "jet cars" having an rash of death's that was such a problem they needed to be limited. But I can beleive That NHRA put a limitation on their performance not to steal the show.Check this out....
"Without the rigor of NHRA safety certification, jet cars continued to toast competitors in spectacular ways. The most notorious jet-car accident came in October 1971 near Dallas when Art Arfons -- giving a local newscaster a ride in the Super Cyclops -- lost control at 285 mph, killing his passenger and two track workers. Art retired from driving jet cars after the incident."
"And most onerous of all for the drivers, the NHRA imposes a speed limit currently 320.99 mph (the number has crept up from 260 mph when Gustin was first licensed).
"The NHRA wants to protect the drawing power of the Top Fuel cars and keep jet cars from overshadowing them," says Roslansky. "And you can't blame them. That is where the money is." "
Turn them loose and I bet there aint a T/FD in the country that could beat them with current jet technology.
I remember when they came in pretty heavy but I just don't remember the dangers that they make claime to."Without the rigor of NHRA safety certification, jet cars continued to toast competitors in spectacular ways."
Now I havent really researched it that much but that line makes me believe there were quite a few guys that got burnt up pretty bad. Not sure, I wasnt around back then. How big of news would it have been if a guy got burnt up in a jet car?