Santa Pod Raceway

European Funny Car Series

2019 will see the return of points scoring competition for AA/FC  at Santa Pod Raceway as the European Funny Car Series gets underway again with 4 cars competing over 4 rounds.

Funny Car Series

2020 Series Rounds:

2019 Points

Racer R1 R2 R3 R4 B Total
Kevin Chapman 233 176 15 143 100 667
Kevin Kent 197 21 26 225 100 569
Steve Ashdown 19 253 20 78 100 470
Jason Phelps 72 70 46 77 100 365

Teams:

Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent - West Ten Motorsport
Ford Mustang
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.279s @ 286mph
Kevin Chapman
Kevin Chapman
Kevin Chapman - Thermoreg
Ford Mustang
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.48s
Jason Phelps
Jason Phelps
Jason Phelps - Gladiator
Dodge Stratus
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.762s
Steve Ashdown
Steve Ashdown
Steve Ashdown - The Undertaker
Dodge Stratus
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.808s

What are Funny Cars?

Funny Cars originated in 1960s America when venturesome drag racers began merging nitro-burning dragster powertrains with passenger-car bodies and created an instant sensation. Originally dubbed Factory Experimentals, their altered wheelbases and protruding engine parts made them look ‘kinda funny’, commentators said, and the description stuck. The emphasis lies firmly on ‘funny peculiar’, not ‘funny ha-ha’.

Modern Funny Cars still share the same engines as Top Fuel Dragsters, nitromethane-fuelled powerplants packing an 8,000-horsepower punch. Funny Car bodies sit on tube framed chassis and hinge at the back to allow access to the engine and drivers seat, their composite-material bodies might nowadays bear just a slim resemblance to the production cars on which they are modelled, but production-car bodies are not designed to hit 300mph in five seconds flat from a standing start. Channelling such groundshaking force through a short wheelbase makes a Funny famously hard to handle – the racetrack may be straight but the cars often have other ideas.

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