ACB: Quarter Mile in Under 4 Seconds

Everyone knows that NHRA funny cars are fast. So fast, in fact, that a driver pulls the same amount of G’s as an astronaut blasting into space. In other words, a funny car launches with the same force as something that punches itself out of Earth’s gravitational pull. However, even with all that power, funny cars have been unable to run the quarter mile in less than 4 seconds; until now that is.

Last weekend at zMax Dragway in North Carolina, Matt Hagan did a quarter mile pass in 3.995 seconds at a speed of 316 mph. He did this by taking advantage of both the cool, dense air during race day and the newly paved track surface. If you live your life a quarter mile at a time, don’t expect to live long enough to take more than a single breath.


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