Bruce Larson's Funny Car, 1988

Bruce Larson's Funny Car, 1988

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
automobile, racing
car
date made
1988
maker
Oldsmobile Division of General Motors Corporation
Measurements
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
overall: 53 in x 58 in x 223 in; 134.62 cm x 147.32 cm x 566.42 cm
ID Number
1989.0755.01
catalog number
1989.0755.01
accession number
1989.0755
Credit Line
Gift of Bruce Larson
subject
Engineering
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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