While most competitive sports have an inherent risk of injury, few things are more dangerous than having a flammable liquid involved. A new video shows what happens when a mechanical malfunction causes the engine of a NHRA Funny Car explode during a drag strip run.
The Infinite Hero Dodge Charger funny car driven by Jack Beckman experienced said mechanical issues during the third qualifying session at the 2016 NHRA New England Nationals. The engine explosion happened around the eighth-mile mark of the quarter-mile dragstrip at New England Dragway.
Despite having his helmet visor covered in oil, Beckman was able to hold the car in its lane as the parachutes helped bring the car to a stop. From the video, we can see the explosion rip the majority of the body off the frame. Only the front clip, which was split lengthwise just to the left of the centerline, remained on the chassis. The video also shows the massive roots-type supercharger case split from the lower intake manifold and fly toward the driver compartment.
Check out the first video to see the explosion and stick around for the second video to hear Beckman talk about the incident.
Source: NHRA via YouTube
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Watch an NHRA Funny Car Engine Explode During a Drag Race