Crash

Drag Racer Bodywork Flies into Crowd

Watch as the body of Robert Hight’s NHRA Funny Car careens into the crowd following an engine explosion.

At lastweekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the body of Robert Hight’s Funny Car blew off the chassis after his engine exploded, flying straight in the airbefore crashing down in front of a grandstand at zMAX Dragway. Thankfullythe carbon-fiber body didn’t cause any major injuries, but it could havebeen a lot worse. These Funny Cars - differentiated from Top Fuel dragsters by their composite bodies and front-mountedengines - top out at over 300 mph.

Bear in mind these speeds are reached in just three or four seconds and you won't be surprised to hear that it's not uncommon for car bodies to fly off the chassis as shown in the following clip. It could be time for NHRA to mandate more secure bodywork.

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