Have you ever seen what happens when a 7,000 hp engine explodes? No? What on earth are you doing with your life?
American drag racer Ron Capps has some unfortunate first-hand experience with just such a situation – while running his Dodge Charger R/T in the National Hot Rod Association’s 300mph class, pieces of the engine suddenly flew off, as did bits of the top of the car’s carbon fiber body. In a remarkably calm and succinct description, “You go from a car that’s all dark [inside] and then you’re [driving] a convertible,” said Capps.
The LA Times referred to Capps as ‘shaken’, which seems like an early contender for understatement of the year. Despite the fact that he finished the race in what was essentially half a car, Capps managed to hang on and pilot the car across the line with a time of 4.014 seconds, the fifth fastest of 16 cars racing that day, which must have been a slap in the face to the other 11 drivers.
The madness is below: