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How Much Horsepower Does A Top Fuel Dragster Make?

That may be a simple question to you. That may be easy to answer. However the biggest, baddest, most insane dyno on the planet can only handle about 4000 horsepower. Top Fuel Cars are making way more than that. The prevailing theory is that they make about 10,000 horsepower. That, of course, is insane, I mean completely off the rails bat shit insane. Here’s the thing though, nobody has been able to confirm or deny that number. As you will see in the video below they have made a device that fits between the clutch pack and the rear differential. This will give the real-time torque number of the engine. From there you take the torque number, throw it into a formula and that gives you the horsepower figure. Check out the video below. 1, it is always entertaining to hear really smart people talk while there is metal music in the background. 2, The numbers may surprise you.

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Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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