Bruce Larson's Funny Car, 1988

A funny car is a high-powered, computer-controlled dragster with a lightweight, molded body that somewhat resembles a production car. Bruce Larson and his crew designed and assembled this car in Dauphin, Pennsylvania. The body, which is made of carbon composite fiber, resembles an Oldsmobile Cutlass but weighs only 165 pounds. The chassis frame is made of chromoly (chromium molybdenum alloy) tubing. The aluminum engine burned a mix of nitro-methane fuel and alcohol and developed almost 4,000 horsepower. Larson won the National Hot Rod Association’s World Championship with this car in 1989. His top speed in the Finals was 278.55 miles per hour.
Currently not on view
Object Name
automobile, racing
date made
Oldsmobile Division of General Motors Corporation
overall with body down: 4 21/32 ft x 5 13/32 ft x 20 27/32 ft; 1.42037 m x 1.6508 m x 6.3499 m
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Sports & Leisure
Road Transportation
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Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Bruce Larson

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