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NHRA has announced a new "exhibition" category for 2022: Factory Experimental

This will be a "category", not a class, therefore the cars will not compete with cars in current classes, such as Competition Eliminator. Just like the Factory Experimental category from the 1960's, which became the Funny Car Class at NHRA.
Preliminary rules are: engine from same manufacturer as the body; 2650 lb. minimum weight (with driver); steel roof and rear quarter panels (2019 and newer body); 33" x 10.5" tire.
Basically a proving ground for new factory hot rods and playground for OEM engineers.
 

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NHRA has announced a new "exhibition" category for 2022: Factory Experimental

This will be a "category", not a class, therefore the cars will not compete with cars in current classes, such as Competition Eliminator. Just like the Factory Experimental category from the 1960's, which became the Funny Car Class at NHRA.
Preliminary rules are: engine from same manufacturer as the body; 2650 lb. minimum weight (with driver); steel roof and rear quarter panels (2019 and newer body); 33" x 10.5" tire.
Basically a proving ground for new factory hot rods and playground for OEM engineers.
Hopefully it doesn’t turn electric. Wouldn’t mind if they had a separate class for it though
 

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So you have to build an old style P/S.
Steel roof & quarters, the rest carbon fiber.
10 inch tire, and 2650 instead of 2350.

There will be no money in it, and they expect a bunch of rich guys to jump in the next 3 month's to get these things built???


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If there is a chance of being a "winner" on a national stage? Heck yes! This is how it has always worked. Take care. Tom Worthington
 

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NHRA has announced a new "exhibition" category for 2022: Factory Experimental

This will be a "category", not a class, therefore the cars will not compete with cars in current classes, such as Competition Eliminator. Just like the Factory Experimental category from the 1960's, which became the Funny Car Class at NHRA.
Preliminary rules are: engine from same manufacturer as the body; 2650 lb. minimum weight (with driver); steel roof and rear quarter panels (2019 and newer body); 33" x 10.5" tire.
Basically a proving ground for new factory hot rods and playground for OEM engineers.
You forgot tube chassis. Not sure how "factory", and "tube chassis" fit together.
 

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I think it is basically a current pro stock car with a factory engine on a 10.5 tire. Should be fun to watch if all 3 factories get involved.
Official rules are rumored to be coming in the following weeks, but as we understand it the engine combinations will be the 630-horsepower Chevy Camaro 327ci V8 with 2.65L Magnusson supercharger, 630-horsepower Challenger Drag Pak 354ci V8 with 3.0L Whipple supercharger and 610-horsepower Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 327ci V8 with 3.0L Whipple supercharger.
Looks like the Ford combo has already been penalized and they haven't even started yet
 

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If there is a chance of being a "winner" on a national stage? Heck yes! This is how it has always worked. Take care. Tom Worthington

YES, but will te rich guys risk millions of dollars again after NHRA screwed over the truck guys???

AGAIN, thanks for all the advanced warning. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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They think they will match the 500 inch guys with an engine like that??


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This is a pipe dream for someone and they managed to get the rules in place. I don’t see this going much of anywhere personally. Keep seeing how it’s pro stock replacement the internet has wanted pro stocks head for about 10 years now and haven’t gotten it done yet. Looks like maybe factory show down could get thrown to the gutter cause if it.
 

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What’s too little to late. I’ve been hearing that NHRA is dying for the last 30 years. I guess most don’t read this garbage.
I been hearing it too, but now it's reality. Look at both attendance from fans and racers......the numbers are way down compared to years past.
NHRA has catered to the big dollar professionals and their sponsors for way too long, over and above the sportsman racers. Then add the fact that they keep changing rules and requirements and it's not rocket science to see why these street type of races are so huge now. "No prep"...."X275"...."run what ya brung"...."Ten-Five Outlaw"...."Import vs. Domestic"...."King of the Streets"....etc, etc, has more enthusiasm and participation than NHRA's imperialistic structured classes.
 

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I been hearing it too, but now it's reality. Look at both attendance from fans and racers......the numbers are way down compared to years past.
NHRA has catered to the big dollar professionals and their sponsors for way too long, over and above the sportsman racers. Then add the fact that they keep changing rules and requirements and it's not rocket science to see why these street type of races are so huge now. "No prep"...."X275"...."run what ya brung"...."Ten-Five Outlaw"...."Import vs. Domestic"...."King of the Streets"....etc, etc, has more enthusiasm and participation than NHRA's imperialistic structured classes.
That no prep stuff will run it’s course faster than NHRA pro classes. Once the fans wake up and realize that those guys are spending upwards of 200k just for one car and you don’t allow any joe average into race they will begin to wonder why no one wants to race it anymore. Run what you bring that’s funny. That’s great in all of those classes you mentioned that had that rule and now all of those classes are out of reach of the so called grassroots racer.
 
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