A funny thought crossed my head whilst enjoying Hemi goodness on a curvy black ribbon...I wondered if I was able to floor it for a short stretch of road, would I notice a distinct change in the fuel gauge, afterward? Then I thought, do people who do qtr mi runs notice the fuel needle drop by a visible tick after each new run? If so, how much gas would you estimate that is?
It's not that I really needed 370 hp...but having 150+ hp riding shotgun at a moment's bidding w/o a 6000 rpm moonshot is what makes me feel like I'm in the right car for me. The roar of a v8 seals the deal!
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Nowhere close to that much. And if you're worried about gas mileage during racing, you probably shouldn't be racing
No, that's not what I was getting at, at all.
I was purely curious about how much is actually consumed in a 1/4 mi pass. The EPA spends so much time figuring out what is a representative mpg that occurs during light and part throttle loads while marketing spends so much time chanting about pk hp, it is then inevitably intriguing to explore what sorts of mpg occurs at sustained loads at rated hp. A 1/4 mi pass presents an interesting scenario in that we naturally have a distance and elapsed time that can be directly tied to the hp that is coming out of a given engine. It is fascinating that we may actually be talking about 1 mpg or even less than that.
Last edited by randycat99; 11-20-2011 at 05:53 PM.
I'm not sure what it would work out to, but I typically leave home with a half tank of gas on race day. I then drive roughly 50 miles to the track, make 12-22 quarter mile runs, at that point I'm usually down to a 1/4 tank. I then fill up on the way home.
My 1968 340 Dart usually averaged about 7 miles per gallon, unless I got on it a lot then it got less. I would swear you could see the gas gage going down when you would stomp on it.
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