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Rat Trap Dragster – 3000 horsepower unleashed!

Submitted by on August 29, 2014

rat trap dragsterWatch as this rolling earthquake / rat trap dragster converts a mix of Nitro and Alcohol into tyre smoke at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Front engined dragsters are a thing of the past; a throwback to a time when drag racers weren’t as worried about having thousands of horsepower worth of screaming engine located right in front of their face as they screamed 402m into the distance.

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This particular rat trap dragster is a full on, nitro-methane powered big block monster that throws back to an original build from the mid 1960s. According to the driver it cranks out more than 3,000 horsepower, and it certainly sounds every bit as crazy as any modern Top Fuel competitor. These are the sort of cars which literally shake your eyeballs in their socket and assault your body with vibrations as they unleash down the quarter mile.

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