Boat Dragsters Taking Off Rival a Storm

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If you thought four-wheeled dragsters are spectacular to watch while tearing that strip apart, you haven’t seen boat dragsters. Don’t get us wrong, we haven’t turned into boatevolution or something, but this Top Fuel hydro monsters can really put on a show.
The latest example of this comes from Lake Havasu, a stretch of water on the border between California and Arizona. A piece of footage from a recent race shows a pair of dragsters taking off and creating what can be described as a wall of water in the process.

Heck, the setup is far from being able to sustain surfing, but we bet such a view would bring any surfer into a day dreaming mood. Sure, people who are familiar with boat racing may not be all that thrilled, but for any newcomer, this is something that could spark the passion fire.

Top Fuel boat dragsters are serious stuff

These machines are more than serious and you should know that an 8,000 hp rating is not all that unusual in their world. In fact, this is the output of the boat that holds the US national record for the 1,000-foot (300 meters) run.

To be more precise, the record stands at 3.396 seconds at 258.26 mph (that’s 415.8 km/h for all you metric fans). Remember, this is all achieved while racing on water. We’re not sure about the course length of the Lake Havasu event, but we can tell you these Top Fuel hydro beasts achieved north of 262 mph (422 km/h).

Oh and by the way, the same Youtube user also uploaded a video showing a crash, so you can be aware that the crashes happen at the same level of intensity as the successful runs.

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