Drag racing, a race between two cars starting from the dead end to determine which car can accelerate faster to a certain point. Drag racing started in the 1930s where competitors competed along desert stretches of road to see who the hot rod was faster. In the next few years, the sport became more organized and the National Hot Rod Association was formed in 1951. 54 years later, NHRA is now the largest sanction body in motor sports with over 80,000 members.
Most people began to start with the trachea in the streets, sit at a light when your neighbor or friend pulls up, both cuts the light to finally turn green so you can both hammer the gas and see who could come to the next light first. There is no doubt that it is exciting, anticipating the green light, just waiting for the right moment to send the tires screaming for traction to get the edge of the car just a few meters to your side.
With improvements in the automotive industry and manufacturing, faster and more powerful cars are released every year. Low end cars include $ 20,000 Dodge Neon SRT-4, with a 230 hp turbocharged engine that can make 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds and 1/4 mile in 13.9 seconds. High-end cars like the $ 189,000 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, with the 604 horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 engine can make 0-60 in less than 4 seconds and 1/4 mile in 11.6 seconds. These cars are made to be fun and exciting, but it is important to train on the city streets with them.
Most people who buy a high-performance vehicle want to take it out and see what it can do, especially against other cars. Although it is tempting to do this on the city streets, it is also very dangerous. Not only are there serious penalties for pulling on public roads, it also threatens many others on the street. Many lives have been lost due to the races in the city streets.
There are hundreds of sites to test our car's performance in a safe and regulated environment, your local Drag Strip. Riding facilities are specially equipped to test how fast you can get your car from 0 to 1320 feet, known as 1/4 mile. Most tracks work similarly and have special nights intended for normal street cars to "test and set" or draw 1/4 mile for a nominal fee of $ 10 to $ 20. The course will have paramedical and other security personally ready to respond to accidents if they occur.
Every car that will compete is given a technical inspection to ensure that it is safe to compete in the 1/4 race. After the car has passed inspection it is time to line up and be ready to compete. Two cars are signaled by track staff to pull up to the site area, part of the track used to set up the two cars evenly on the starting line. Christmas tree is a set of lights used to set up both cars and signal the start of the race.
At the top of the Christmas tree, they are pre-stage lamps, when the drivers slowly move to the starting line, they will activate the Pre-Stage lights. These lights indicate that the cars are very close to the starting line. As the drivers continue to move slowly forward, the second set of light bulbs will illuminate the lights. When both pre-steps and stage lamps for both cars are illuminated, the cars are ready and ready to go. At this time, the track's personal Christmas tree activates the race.
After activation, the Christmas tree begins to flash a series of lights. Starting with the Stage lights, there are 3 yellow lights, followed by a green light, and finally a red light. Each light blinks half a second from each other; yellow – yellow – yellow – green. When the green lights are on, both cars should straighten the drawbar 1320 feet towards the finish line. If either car leaves the starting line too fast, the red light flashes and that car automatically loses the race.
After going through the finish line there will be a long road to allow the cars to slow down. There are usually a few exits from the track along the road for the cars to turn around and go back to the times to retrieve a printed ticket containing the details of their competition. The time limit usually shows how long it was possible to reach different points on the track in seconds. 60 & # 39 ;, 330 & 3939; 1000 & # 39; and 1320 & # 39;. It will also show how fast the car was driving in MPH at halfway (1/8 mile) and finish line (1/4 mile), and of course who won the race.
Racing on the drawstring is a great way to safely and legally test your cars while improving your skills. It is also a good place to meet other people with similar interests. So next time you're at a stop light and the car next to you prompts you for a tug of war by revving the engine, tell them to take it off the street and the strip!