On the surface, drag racing seems so simple. Apply right foot liberally, keep the vehicle pointed down track and wait for a quarter mile to pass. Unfortunately, the real world is rarely so black and white. Pesky details like applied horsepower, traction and the fallibility of materials results in all manner of challenges. Just ask the driver of the '68 Chevrolet Camaro in the video after the jump. Shortly after launch, the high-horsepower machine sheds its left axle. With a massive racing slick under full thrust, the resulting carnage is, well, impressive.

The video is a pleasant rarity in the drag racing universe. Not only are we afforded a look at the ensuing drama from inside the cockpit, but a solid look at just how quickly a situation can turn hairy from outside as well. Check it out for yourself.



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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surprisingly uneventful from the cockpit view.
        benzaholic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Agreed. Just a sudden sense of everything going a little crooked all of a sudden.
        jvshenderson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Yeah, no bits flying through the cockpit or anything. Also, the initial sound of the failure is muffled by the engine noise, so you can only hear things clanking and creaking when he gets off the throttle.
      Brent Worrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      That'll buff out.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      the quarter panel just wasn't on there good enough to hold the wheel on go get some duck tape and lets try it again.
      TorqueGirl
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was so awesome!!!!!! Also, that guy behind the Camaro is way lucky that tire didn't mow his A down.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Gunmoku
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ouch! While that rear wheel definitely came off, I don't think the whole axle sheared off the car. What it looks like, to me, is that the wheel hub's (that holds the brake rotor and caliper) studs snapped off from the enormous amount of torque and the wheel popped off the hub. If you look closely when the Camaro snaps left, you can clearly see an intact wheel hub where the wheel was.
      pontiacmuscle68
      • 2 Years Ago
      that's a '68 Camaro, not a '69
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it supposed to do that?
        miammt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        with all that torque, yes, yes it's supposed to
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The dude in the green shirt is lucky he didn't catch some shard in the forehead.
      NissanGTR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Horsepower wins races. Torque break parts.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Yes but torque is what matters on the low end regardless of horsepower- no torque= gutless launch= your competitor is halfway down the track by the time your car gets moving with anything resembling speed
        Big Squid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Dafuq? I rated this comment thumbs up! Why did it show up as negative?
          Krazeecain
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Big Squid
          Because 2 people countered your vote in the time between when you loaded this page and when you pressed the up-vote button. Or you missed and hit the down-vote button by mistake...
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thats what happens when you spend all your money on the engine only.
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