Watching a Top Fuel dragster hurl down the quarter mile in the low four-second mark is exciting enough, but watching the action with a high-speed camera is car porn for gear heads. Finnish magazine Tekniikan Maailma (English translation: "Technology World") embedded one of its writers with the race team, and while there is plenty of great footage of what seems to be an average race weekend, the meat of this video is from around the 2:05 mark until about 3:30.

The video was shot in such slow motion that as the cars sit in the staging area, one can actually see the firing order of the engine via the exhaust. The driver's reaction time to the green light is also easily evident, as we see that he actually gets on the throttle as the staging lights are still on. When the tree goes green, fire emerges from the exhaust pipes and the side walls of the Goodyear tires wrinkle from the enormous amount of torque exerted from the nitro-powered V8.

The most impressive view in the video is when the car is passing through the finish line. The rear tires have an interesting deformation and we can actually see the aerodynamics in action as air trails off the rear wing.

At about 40 seconds in length, this video's view of the car's takeoff is actually 10 times longer than the team's complete run which took just 4.19 seconds at around 278 miles per hour. The car's takeoff and acceleration are definitely the highlights of this video, but there are plenty of other interesting things to watch, such as the parachutes being packed before the race, to the fast-motion engine rebuild as the team prepares for the next run.

An interesting side note: the driver of this car is former Finnish ski jumper Janne Ahonen who has a pair of silver medals under his belt from the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

Scroll down to see the video, but be prepared to watch it over and over.


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      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow those tires
      a
      • 2 Years Ago
      People still find negative things to say...... ******* awesome video. Pure car porn.
      MKIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best 4:45 I spent in a long time. Thanks.
      ThomasP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish my job was that interesting in slow motion and/or time lapse. Sadly, it always feels like slow motion.
      tom.tommarello
      • 2 Years Ago
      Impressive!
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing.
      Jarda
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will they never learn that engine > music ffs??? One would expect that ppl from around dragsters do get it. Wrong.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Michael Hamm
      • 2 Years Ago
      These cars are slow compared to NHRA Top Fuel cars in the USA; they have been running over 320 mph in sub 4 second times in 1000 feet for years now. NHRA stopped running 1/4 mile in fuel cars years ago for safety reasons, they were doing over 330 mph with too many fatalities so they changed it to 1000' and they are now approaching the 330 mph speeds again in the shorter distance.
        Phil T
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Hamm
        And the relevance to this video is? Does it say we're faster than you? No - its about enjoying the the art of the show and appreciating the stress that the components are put under for 4-5 seconds. I'm still amazed how distorted those tyres are at the end of the run
        Pertti K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Hamm
        Well, according to Tekniikan Maailma's article, the car seen in the video has run 3,79 s in last year's last start in California (I think it's located somewhre in USA?). In fact it's the tracks that are slower (less grip). The team has to limit the power by slipping the clutch more. This causes problems with the engine: some of the cylinders "drop off", sort of misfire. And this again can cause piston, cylider or even engine failure.
      threefortyduster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why don't you guys just watch ESPN's coverage of NHRA racing? They have had the ultra slow motion cameras for like 5 years. 10,000 frames per second or something ridiculous like that. Video is still awesome. Now, where's the video of how crappy the left lane was for the Pro Stock drivers this weekend in Charlotte?
      The Angry Intern
      • 2 Years Ago
      At around 3:17 when they show the slow-mo from the side, is that a weird camera angle or are the tires still deformed from the sheer speed?
        threefortyduster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Angry Intern
        The tires suck in like that and go almost straight vertical on the rear side during the run. The tires grow taller quite a bit during the run too, which changes the final drive ratio and makes those huge speed numbers possible.
      Agent A.A.G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Superb
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