It was a crazy night. Me, Iyad and Iyad’s cousing Amer went for the Chevrolet drag race challenge in Umm Al Quwain motorplex. It was simply amazing the way they do this stuff. This is my first experience watching a drag race live.
Drag racing is a sport in which cars race down a track with a set distance as fast as possible.
Drag racing usually involves two cars racing each other over a set distance, usually 1/4 mile or 1/8mile. Although distances range from two hundred meters to one kilometer, the four-hundred meter (1/4mi) drag race is the most popular. Races of this nature test a vehicle in terms of acceleration and top speed, as well as the driver with regard to skill required and concentration. Although the driver does not have any turns to negotiate or opponents to defend against, apart from the competitor in the other lane, he or she must be very accurate with gear shifting to avoid over revving the motor and throttle modulation to avoid loss of traction during the race.
During drag racing events, vehicles are classified into different classes by various criteria that take into account the extent of modifications to the car. These criteria include engine capacity, configuration of cylinders, frame type, vehicle construction materials, wheelbase, horsepower to weight ratio, number of cylinders, whether or not power adding devices such as turbochargers, superchargers or nitrous oxide are employed, vehicle type (such as car, truck, et cetera), or even make and model for limited entry fields. The aforementioned divisions are in place to ensure that the cars are evenly matched during the race.
Drag racing vehicles are special in that they are modified to be lighter and more powerful than in their standard form. A lighter vehicle means that the power-to-weight ratio is increased and hence a greater acceleration will be achieved. Power increases vary depending on the extent of the modifications to the engine. The table below illustrates some common outputs for different induction configurations for a typical drag-racing vehicle. Please note that the numbers expressed are not by any means limits for power, but they’re rather accurate indications of typical levels of power produced by daily driven drag racing vehicles.
The above text is taken from wikipedia under drag racing 🙂 . I took around 480 odd pictures and some have really come out well. Still learning how to take photos 😀