I agree. Do a stop motion at 15 seconds and full screen - there are
no tires on the right side. Especially apparent on the right rear as
the auto rotates. Also, that amount of mass doesn't "float" like the
image does for a second. As you stated, not enough speed.
No, I beleive it's real. I went and googled the team name;
the car is actually pretty much TA/FC class (i.e. it's not any
sort of stock car). It's at about half track when it lifts,
judging by the timing lights on the centerline; probably
about 180 to 200 mph, which is plenty fast enough to lift.
Being a funny car it also is very light, so the floating
is typical behavior...really the only surprise is that the
body didn't come off the frame.
Last time I was at a drag race (decades ago) the AA fuel dragsters would
lift the front end just from the torque at the start. They just keep
If you've never been a drag race fan, you'd have no idea of the speeds
achieved and how fast you get to them.
Top Fuel Dragster (TF/D). The rail dragsters, or "diggers", are the
fastest class. Among the fastest-accelerating machines in the world,
these cars can cover the dragstrip in less than 3.8 seconds and record
trap speeds over 325 mph. Top Fuel cars are 25 feet long and weigh 2,320
pounds in race-ready trim. Methanol fuel mixed with up to 90%
nitromethane is used.
Typical Funny Cars
Top Fuel Funny Car (TF/FC) Similar to their Top Fuel counterparts but
with a shorter wheelbase and a carbon-fiber body that loosely resembles
a production-based automobile, Funny Cars, or “floppers,” routinely run
in the 4.0s and can exceed 315 mph.
Yeah, you don't see that so much now because all the fuel
cars have wheelie bars. If the front wheels come up more
than a tad, the wheelie bar hits and unloads the rear tires,
and then you get a big cloud of smoke instead of a wheelstand.
TA/FC, like the Lexus in the video, run low sixes at
around 270 in the NHRA. I doubt the Lexus would quite
do that, since the team didn't look like they really had
a handle on what they were doing. Still pretty fast.
If they faked it, they faked it from a couple of different angles and with a couple of different video qualities. They also backed up their fake video with fake followup news reports.
I vote "real".
ok, I'll recind, he is farther down the road then I thought, the damage
to the fence looks real, the severe left trajectory in the air is still
questionable, but that can be an airfoil effect.
I'm in on real now.
This is getting way off on a tangent, but going to the left
like that is common when cars fly. If you can find video
of the Mercedes at Le Mans a few years back, they did the
same thing. I suspect it's a gyroscopic effect due to the
rotation of the internals of the engine.
More likely driveline torque. As the pinion
gear drives the ring gear, one rear wheel
gets an increase in load while the opposite
wheel gets unloaded enough to act like this.
The wheel more lightly loaded will have less
friction than the other allowing slippage.
That would make sense if the wheels were on the ground.
However, the cases I'm thinking of (including this case
with the Lexus drag car) the car didn't start turning
until it was in the air, all four wheels off the
That pretty much forces it to be either an aero effect
or a gyroscopic effect.
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