One of things things us gearheads often struggle with when trying to describe our favorite sport to a friend or family member who has never experienced it, is the incredible sense of raw power and speed that the cars elicit on the track. Well, this awesome video put out by the guys at American Racing Custom Wheels, the sponsor of Tony Pedregon’s Toyota Funny Car, will go a long way towards getting your point across.
Watching Top Fuel from the stands at an NHRA event is an awesome experience, but getting to see it up close and personal in incredible HD, at 1,000 frames per second, gets you closer to the action than you’ve likely ever been before. Funny Cars put out close to 8,000 horsepower, and the earth-shaking, tooth-breaking 4G’s of acceleration simply can’t be explained any other way than through the use of in-person immersion. This video comes close to getting it right, showing off some of the insane tire shake and other sensory elements that have sucked so many of us into the sport.
Ultra-slo-mo has revolutionized the drag racing industry, as you can see by the rise of camera systems like GoPro or RePlay XD that are in use among so many of the top teams. Having the ability to see what’s going on at speeds the human eye can’t comprehend on its best day is worth its weight in gold to a drag racing team. And especially to the rest of us, who get to see awesome videos like this, for nothing more than the cost of a click.