Top Fuel Track Length

Messages
71
Location
Vienna, VA
Not that I'm an avid fan, I was also somewhat annoyed by the decision to shorten the run. But, I think there are good reasons behind the decision, including safety.

The proprietor of an automotive machine shop recently suggested to me that lopping off that 320' of track means greatly reduced costs for the teams. With the shorter track, they'll get more runs out of the engine block, for example. Having to replace everything less often is desirable.

Everything will last longer with a track that's 1/3 shorter - tires, differential, transmission, engine.
 
Messages
5,775
Location
the canyons
Not that I'm an avid fan, I was also somewhat annoyed by the decision to shorten the run. But, I think there are good reasons behind the decision, including safety.

The proprietor of an automotive machine shop recently suggested to me that lopping off that 320' of track means greatly reduced costs for the teams. With the shorter track, they'll get more runs out of the engine block, for example. Having to replace everything less often is desirable.

Everything will last longer with a track that's 1/3 shorter - tires, differential, transmission, engine.

If nothing had changed with the cars besides reducing the length of the track, the proprietor of the machine shop might have a point.

A lot has changed with the cars since 2008 when Scott was killed (RIP).

Everything is pushed harder today in the 1000 ft era, than it was in 2008. Nothing is lasting longer. There could be innovation which would lead to quicker and faster cars, and even to better parts longevity, if not for the pesky regulations which are intended to and do slow them down.
 
Top