The design of dragsters evolved from the front-engined rail (named for the exposed frame rails) of the earliest days of drag racing, into the slingshot (with the driver between or behind the rear tires, or slicks) of the early to middle 1960s, to the modern type common in the 1970s.
Why are dragsters called Funny cars?
Funny Car as a class traces its roots to Super Stock, through the intriguingly named Optional Super Stock class, to A/Factory Experimental (A/FX), which NHRA introduced in 1962, and ultimately XS (experimental stock). Because of these many obvious modifications they did not look stock, hence the name funny.
How much horsepower does a dragster have?
11,000-horsepower Top Fuel. Among the fastest-accelerating machines in the world, 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters are often referred to as the “kings of the sport,” and with good reason. They are capable of covering the dragstrip in less than 3.7 seconds at more than 330 mph.