Watch as the body of Robert Hight’s NHRA Funny Car careens into the crowd following an engine explosion.
At last weekend’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 air before crashing down in front of a grandstand at zMAX Dragway. Thankfully the carbon-fiber body didn’t cause any major injuries, but it could have been a lot worse. These Funny Cars - differentiated from Top Fuel dragsters by their composite bodies and front-mounted engines - 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.