Thompson-Voight dragster

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Thompson-Voight dragster
Overview
Designer Mickey Thompson and Fritz Voight
Body and chassis
Class Top Fuel
Body style Streamliner dragster
Powertrain
Engine Twin 392 cu in (6,420 cc) Chrysler hemis
Chronology
PredecessorNone
SuccessorNone

The Thompson-Voight dragster is a twin-engined streamliner dragster. [1]

Dragster (car) specialized competition automobile used in drag racing

A dragster is a specialized competition automobile used in drag racing.

Mickey Thompson collaborated with Fritz Voight in building the dragster, which had a fully enclosed body (except the steel front wheels), including a closed canopy. [1] It was powered by a pair of 392 cu in (6,420 cc) Chrysler hemis, one facing forward to drive the rear wheels, the other facing backward to drive the front ones. [1]

Marion Lee "Mickey" Thompson was an American auto racing builder and promoter.

Wearing number 555, the car debuted in 1958 at Bonneville, after "an impromptu stop", where it achieved 242 mph (389 km/h) on its very first run. [1]

Bonneville Salt Flats densely packed salt pan in Tooele County in northwestern Utah

The Bonneville Salt Flats is a densely packed salt pan in Tooele County in northwestern Utah. The area is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville and is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake. The property is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is known for land speed records at the "Bonneville Speedway". Access to the flats is open to the public.

The next week, the car turned in a best speed of 294.117 mph (473.335 km/h), but broke a connecting rod, leaving Thompson unable to back up his speed to make it official. [1]

Connecting rod mechanical element that connect the piston to the crank or crankshaft.

A connecting rod is a rigid member which connects a piston to a crank or crankshaft in a reciprocating engine. Together with the crank, it forms a simple mechanism that converts reciprocating motion into rotating motion.

While a reasonable success in land speed racing, the car proved too slow for drag racing, never able to top high-9 second passes or 149.50 mph (240.60 km/h) (even with its body removed), when contemporary slingshot fuellers were routinely hitting mid-9s. [1]

Land speed racing is a form of motorsport.

Drag racing type of motor racing in which automobiles or motorcycles compete

Drag racing is a type of motor racing in which automobiles or motorcycles compete, usually two at a time, to be first to cross a set finish line. The race follows a short, straight course from a standing start over a measured distance, most commonly 14 mi, with a shorter becoming increasingly popular, as it has become the standard for Top Fuel dragsters and funny cars, where some major bracket races and other sanctioning bodies have adopted it as the standard, while the 18 mi is also popular in some circles. Electronic timing and speed sensing systems have been used to record race results since the 1960s.

Front engine dragster

The front engine dragster is a type of racing car purpose built for drag racing. Commonly known as a "rail", "digger", or "slingshot", it is now considered obsolete, and is used only in nostalgia drag racing. Wheelbases ranged from 97 to 225 in.

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Taylor, Thom. "Mickey Thompson, Fritz Voight dragster", in "Beauty Beyond the Twilight Zone", p. 31.

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