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Drag racing is a form of auto racing in which cars or motorcycles attempt to complete a fairly short, straight and level course in the shortest amount of time, starting from a dead stop.
An extremely popular sport, with competitors and spectators alike.
There are a couple of main tracks in the UK that host these events and can be found with further searching through the Hips Directory.
This a mature sport which requires a lot of concentration and skill on handling these machines.
Drag racing usually involves two cars racing each other over a set distance. From two hundred meters to one kilometer, the four-hundred meter drag being the most popular. Testing a vehicle in terms of acceleration and top speed, as well as the driver with regard to skill 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 and throttle modulation
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. To obtain these specifications one has to be truly dedicated as often variations and modifications can take you through to the early hours. It is for some a way of life.
Modifications to a car can be anything from changing the cams and exhaust to a full-on power conversion as adding on a turbocharger with nitrous oxide, bigger engine capacity or components, or body customization by replacing standard body parts.
Close related activities are precision engineering, calculation on torque and power to weight ratios. Specialised body building and painting.
Cost is unimaginable due to the pure nature of the sport and how much you want to spend, generally in the thousands.
Level of Demand
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