• Jul 30, 2010

Funny car checkup yields some unexpected excitement – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you aren't terrified on some primordial level of the funny car drag racing class, odds are it's only a matter of time before natural selection comes a-callin'. Most funnies run a variation on the 500 cubic-inch, supercharged big-block formula while slurping down nitromethane/methanol fuel by the drum. No one's exactly sure how much power these suckers dish out, but estimates in the 8,000 pony range are typically considered conservative. Yeah. Wrap your noggin around that one for half a second. The whole concoction is designed to hold together just long enough scoot down the eighth or quarter mile, so it should come as no surprise that accidents happen.

We don't want to blow the surprise for you (you'll have to watch the video for that), but according to the video's YouTube comments, the son of the driver was beginning to check his dad's car over one last time when the vehicle's supercharger broke a stud. Hit the jump to see what happened next.

[Source: YouTube via CarDomain]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      the title should be FUNNY! Car ate a guy.

      But really, it wasn't that funny. It looks like the guy missed any high speed moving parts by a few inches. Lucky dude.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fail to see how a broken stud on a supercharger would cause the engine to rev and the car to jump forward.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stud on the carb maybe?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Never mind
        • 4 Years Ago
        from youtube (poor grammar and all):

        ok so heres what really happen........ a stud in in the supercharger came lose and got sucked in the suppercharger in turned cracked the case of the supercharger and lifted the injector and when the injector lifted it opened the throttle and make the car go foward..... its a good thing my dad reacted quick enough to get the car shut off.... so no the body didnt hit the throttle...... everyone is ok and we just need a new case for the supercharger so we are taking donations......lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I usually rag on NASCAR for only turning left, but these cars don't turn at all!
        • 4 Years Ago
        don't forget that the car who normally wins is the one who's engine doesn't explode over the quarter
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not like the driver couldn't see him. If you're going to drive 8,000 hp cars you should probably pay a little more attention.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe reading a bit more is also good. Drive system failure not driver error.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should too, when you comment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nom Nom Nom
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's that I thought, too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow haha. This almost looked staged, by the way the cameraman zoomed in right before it happened. Dude probably needed some fresh underwear after that. He's lucky those cars have such a long front overhang, that he just laid on top of the front axle. If it were a normal engine bay, they would have been peeling his boiled skin off the engine. :-/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Supercharger broke a stud? Huh? Looks like good old dad released the brake. Could have been worse, much worse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hungry hungry hippo game, now eating real humans!
      • 4 Years Ago
      OH SNAP!

      2 snaps up with a twist!
      • 4 Years Ago
      the call him pac man now
      • 4 Years Ago
      It must have been a Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stupid question - why are they called funny cars? Because they're anything but funny! (although I'm sure they're fun)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Denis ....By your logic, Fuel Altereds (F/A, F/AX ) would be funny cars. Granted these classes didn't exist back then, but Funny cars were definable.

        They changed the dimensions of the chassis. They moved the motor and driver as far back as they could to put most of the weight on the rear tires for traction. Keep in mind that the mantra "Race on Sunday, sell on Monday" was huge to the factories/local dealers, and the racer needed all the help he could get. Even if the racer didn't have factory backing, he still wanted bragging rights that his car was faster.

        Even though the cars were 100% removed from their factory brethren, the need was there to keep some visual ques that mimicked the factory originals.

        Back then, the really fast guys were running fuel rails (later to become Top Fuel), or "shorter" fuel rails with bodies.......called funny cars.

        Todays funny cars are nothing but moving billboards. The body is only there to create a wedge shape that uses air to add down force.

        I miss the Jungle Jim days.....and Jungle Pam

        • 4 Years Ago
        b/c they were created as warped versions (shell-wise) of production cars. So 'funny' looking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        OM NOM NOM NOM!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The term goes way back when the cars actually started out as "street" cars and then were so modified from the originals when they hit the track that they were "funny," as in odd or drastically different from the cars beginnings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because back in the 60's they we're experimenting with wheelbase and chassis'. They started making long chassis and had to make fiberglass bodies to fit the chassis. Because of the weird look, people referred to them as "funny looking cars" or just "funny cars". The funny car class was born.

        http://www.60sfunnycars.com/round3.htm
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