A Novel Way to Run Top Eliminator
By Doug Dornbos
Hi gang. For a couple of years now and for
MULTIPLE reasons that I will fully delineate some time I'm sure, I believe
that the ONLY performance rule in the top eliminator should be based on a
percentage of weight loss during the run. It would be easy to do (have two
sets of scales), and would allow the real innovative guys to have the
An easy to calculate number would be 1% weight loss. A 2500 lb. car
would then be allowed to lose 25 lbs. during the run, which translates to
less than three gallons of nitromethane or just over 3.5 gallons for
methanol or diesel fuel or 3.9 gallons of gasoline. You get the idea,
whatever the folks wanted to use. For a 1250 lb. car, these gallon figures
would be half as much.
Although jet engines and hydrogen peroxide rockets
would be legal, I don't think they would be competitive due to their extreme
fuel usage. Also, you would need to watch out for the electric boys; they
have already run in the 10's with NO weight loss I believe. Maybe you could
run three classes this way, 1%, 5%, 0%.
What do YOU think? Send your ideas for fuel
racing safety or other innovations to firstname.lastname@example.org!