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I've had several requests to explain what the newer drag boats have done to be safer and faster than those featured on this site. The easiest way is to show them. Since most people have never even seen a drag boat I'm making a date exception and will feature some great shots from Larry McFarland taken at Firebird Lake outside of Phoenix, AZ.

The engines in a Top Fuel Hydro are the same as a NHRA Big Show Top Fuel Dragster or Funny Car and capable of huge speeds. The upper class boats also have dragster style roll cages covered by a canopy. Although that did drop the mortality rate of drivers, they are still more dangerous that their land counterparts and will bite you big time.

Not being a historian of the new breed of boats or those who race them the photos have to speak for themselves. I can say the the TFH class has a record in excess of 265 mph in the mid 4.50 range.

If you can add any info on these, send it along. New Style Drag Boats

 

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