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Funny Car Cup

These cars have the same engines as Top Fuel Dragsters and run nitromethane but have tilt-up carbon fiber bodies on a smaller chassis with the engine in front of the driver.

2022 Events:

Teams:

Kevin Chapman
Kevin Chapman
Kevin Chapman
Thermoreg
Ford Mustang
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.48s
Winner of the 2019 Series.
Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent
West Ten Motorsport
Ford Mustang
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.279s @ 286mph
A new car for West Ten for 2022!
Steve Ashdown
Steve Ashdown
Steve Ashdown
The Undertaker
Dodge Stratus
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.808s
Steve will be campaigning the Shockwave Racing Funny Car again in 2022.
Jason Phelps
Jason Phelps
Jason Phelps
Gladiator
Dodge Stratus
Engine Size: 500ci
PB: 4.762s
The Gladiator team are set to go again for 2022.
Patrik Pers
Patrik Pers
Patrik Pers
Dodge Charger
Engine Size: 500ci
PB:
The Swedish racer returns with a new car for the new season.

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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