Mark Sheehan nitro funny car licensing explosion 12.03.2008
Mark Sheehan and his team were out trying to get the final stages of their nitro funny car licensing completed today at the Perth Motorplex.
On the first pass for the day, the car smoked the tyres almost instantly, then some fine adjustments were made to try and cater for the hot conditions for the second pass.
The car looked to be on a great run this time around getting to the 60' with a .972 short time, followed by a lift before the 330' in 2.59, but when Sheehan had a pedal and got back onto it, then KABOOM!
The Mustang body totally blew off the chassis and into the air and lifted the back end of car at least a metre off the ground before a second bounce lifted it up and away again. Then with some great steering, Sheehan managed to tame his ride back to earth, and thankfully escaped the terrifying incident unharmed.
We wish Sheehan and his team all the best for their next nitro outing.
Mark Sheehan's Nitro Altered
Mark Sheehan today debuted his brand new nitromethane burning altered drag
racing machine. The body on this wild car is based around an early 1920's
style T-bucket, and has been meticulously curved and shaped in carbon fiber
to match the swoopy front wing, and massive triple element rear top fuel
The car is an ex John Force Mustang Funny Car that has been
transformed into a Nitro Altered since its arrival down under, and the
Perth based team has got plans to run this beast as a Nitro Funny Car as
well in the near future.
Today's debut as a Nitro Altered resulted in a good 60-foot launch on their
first run earlier in the day before the heat kicked in, and the team who
usually race in the alcohol division got familiar with what it was like to
play with nitromethane. A turn around on the car saw a couple of engine
sleeves replaced, and it was back out for the second of three planned runs.
As the climbing 35-degree afternoon heat scorched down on the track
however, Sheehan's second run resulted in instant tyre smoke, and the car
over revved and burst the Supercharger
off, and broke the inlet manifold as well as also damaging some other
componentry in the process, so the third run never happened.
The team plan to fully license this car in the near future however, so stay
tuned as this nitro breathing nostalgic retro modern machine and man both
get used to each other...
Mark Sheehan's Nitro Funny Car test day 23.12.2007
This is Mark Sheehan's Nitro Funny Car licensing debut taken on the 23rd
December at the Perth Motorplex. On the car's first 60-foot shut-off
launch, all went well with an impressive .94 short time on the sizzling hot
120-degree track. On the second launch for the day (which was meant to be a
330 foot shut-off) the head gaskets blew, and so the team packed up for the
The car has a Victory chassis, and was originally built for John Force as a
spare chassis for his team, but was never used. When the Sheehan team
acquired this chassis, it was used and built as a small block Alcohol
Altered, and ran as quick as 5.69 seconds on both sides of Australia. The
Victory chassis was then reworked, and a great deal of effort was put into
building the parts and components that were required to convert the car
onto nitro, which was all done locally in Perth by the many people who
helped bring the dream together to make it the reality which it is today.
When the Sheehan team made the switch over onto nitromethane with the
chassis, it was mated up with an ex John Force 2003 Castrol Syntec Mustang Funny Car body, which was
used by Tony Pedregon to win the 2003 NHRA World Championship.
The main engine components on the car were purchased from Bill Miller in
America including engine blocks, cranks and manifolds, while the cylinder
heads and the rest of the other parts came from the John Force Racing
stables. The engine combination will produce between 7000 and 8000 horsepower once it is all
sorted, and should be capable of propelling Sheehan to 4-second ET's at
over 300 mph.
Mark and Sharon would like to thank all of the people and sponsors who have
been involved with helping the car to get in it's first laps including Red
Line Oil, Dimoff Transmissions, Beau's Haulage, WA Racecar Fibreglass, Rory
Taylor from Speed Torque, Ian Jenkins from JPP, Jay Upton, Bill Miller, the
Perth Motorplex, and of course all of the happy crew.
Future licensing procedures for the team are now planned for January 2008.
Thrust SSC -over the sound barrier !
October 1997, UK managed to break the sound barrier on earth, using the
fantastic Thrust SSC vehicule. I made this video because there was too few
videos about this remarkable event on the web. (music credits: Spa 24 hours
- Stephen Baysted)
Mustang Blow Up
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NHRA National Time Trials Phoenix 1-28-07. Doug Kalitta warming up his Top
Fuel Nitromethan powered car at the Firebird raceway in Phoenix, AZ during
the National time trials. I had to go to get my fix of Nitro cars. Check
out the sound on this one, lol.
Funny Car blower explosion
Santa Pod 1989 a blower explosion off the line. I love the old Land Rover
rushing to the rescue, oh how things have improved!!
Some of the latest concept cars of the future.
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