Drag Illustrated Issue 178, September / October 2022 | Page 34


Fuel-Injected Funny Cars

NHRA adds nitro-injected A / Fuel engine combination to Top Alcohol Funny Car for 2023 By Josh Hachat

In a move designed to strengthen the class , improve participation , and drive innovation , NHRA officials announced in late July the addition of an A / Fuel engine program for the Top Alcohol Funny Car class beginning in the 2023 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series .

The Top Alcohol Funny Car class features some of the top drivers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series , with cars capable of reaching speeds of more than 270 mph and covering the quartermile in less than 5.4-seconds .
With the addition of the A / Fuel ( injected nitromethane ) engine combination into the class , NHRA will look to increase participation in the class , and give drivers and race teams another viable , efficient option to run in the thrilling category .
NHRA officials have released a full ruleset for the new combination , which can be viewed at NHRARACER . com .
“ We ’ re really excited to introduce the A / Fuel engine program to Top Alcohol Funny Car in
2023 ,” said Josh Hamming , NHRA Technical Services / Top Alcohol Rules Committee Chairman . “ This is something we ’ ve been working on for several years and it ’ s all about building new excitement and a sustainable business model for the category . We believe there is going to be
strong interest right off the bat , will reduce costs for interested teams and we ’ re eager to see this class continue to grow .
“ The rules committee came up with a rule set that allows racers to enter the class and be competitive , but not dominate . We will evaluate
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