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Greer-Black-Prudhomme rail (1962)


Greer-Black-Prudhomme rail (1962)

This dragster hails from a time before massive sponsorship and multi-million dollar championships. It also represents drag racing in its purest form, being a Top Fuel dragster. This class evolved from stripped-down Model T racers of the early 1930s, which were little more than a chassis and engine. As these cars developed, they grew longer wheelbases to make them more stable at speed, but retained the front engine format into the late 1960s, before switching to rear engines for safety reasons. The Greer, Black & Prudhomme car was backed by Tom Greer, the engine was by Keith Black, and the driving was handled by Don Prudhomme, who later went on to become World NHRA Top Fuel Champion. The car features a chrome-moly tubular chassis and a Chrysler Hemi with modified 8/71 GMC supercharger. It did the quarter in 7.7 seconds at 270mph (434km/h).

Greer-Black-Prudhomme rail (1962) Specifications

Top speed:270 mph (432 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h): N/A
Engine type:V8
Displacement:398 ci (6,522 cc)
Transmission:None, direct drive to axle
Max power:830 bhp (619 kW) @ 7,000 rpm
Max torque:795 lb ft (1,078 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:N/A
Economy:N/A
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