Get ready for some serious speed! This flat-bottom drag boat named “Fools Paradise” has an engine with some awesome blower surge. The boat takes off like a rocket, albeit horizontally instead of vertically, and skids across the water at breakneck speeds. The surge from the blower gives you that awesome sound to go along with the speed. I’m not sure what the horsepower is in this thing, but I’m sure it’s not too far off from some of the big boys on the drag racing circuit.
Most people are fans of having a lot of blower surge in an engine, but some aren’t. But wouldn’t you want a loud sound to go along with speed? I think it just makes it more impressive. Whether you like the loud sound or not, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that a blower gives the engine more horsepower, which allows for the kind of speeds seen here with an engine that’s not gigantic.
Drag Boat Racing
When it comes to professional drag racing, there are racing classes for both unblown and blown engines like you see (and hear) here. However, most of the classes in The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, which is probably the most well-known professional circuit, feature blown engines with certain restrictions like engine size. There’s a Top Alcohol Flat-bottom class which is similar to the boat, although the boats here are obviously more expensive. In this division, engines may not exceed 565 cubic inches and screw blowers aren’t allowed. In the Flat-bottom class, you’re looking at speeds at around 160 mph, while the Top Fuel Hydro Class features boats that can go over 250 mph!
• Top Fuel Hydro
• Top Alcohol Hydro
• Top Alcohol Flat-bottom
• Pro Modified
A Dangerous Sport
There’s good reason for this guy wearing a helmet, although it might not save him if his boat flipped over. Drag boat racing is one of the most dangerous sports out there, and is particularly dangerous when drivers are going for speed records. Back in 1987, 7 of the sports top drivers actually died within an 8-month span due to their boats flipping into the air and breaking apart on impact. The sport isn’t quite as dangerous now due to safety improvements, but every few years there will be an accident resulting in death. And this doesn’t include those amateur racers that get in accidents either. A secondary concern is also the money that you can lose from wrecking your drag boat, as they can be very expensive.
Sound and Speed
Do you like the loud blower surge sound on this engine or do you think it’s just overkill like some of the comments say? To me, quiet is all well and good in say a fast luxury sports car, but when it comes to racing, louder is always better. (And a large majority of people who rated this agreed). As long as the speed impresses, I say go crazy with the blower sound. Either way, it’s a pretty impressive boat that this guy built and would be such a rush to feel that power behind you!
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