What It's Like to Be in a Drag Race That Goes from 0 to 316mph in 3.77 Seconds

It’s over so fast, you don’t even know what happens. Here’s what it’s like to be inside the hot rod of 2013 NHRA Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon. He guns his car from zero to 316mph in a ridiculous 3.77 seconds and all you really get to see and feel is a total blur in which you probably ingested mushrooms and hit superspeed.


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So 316 miles per hour is approximately 463 feet/sec. Taking 463ft/sec/ 3.77 sec gets 122.9 ft/sec/sec or about 3.8 “g” In other words, it would have felt like 2.8 Shawn Langdons sitting on his chest and that’s assuming uniform acceleration. No wonder he was panting. No one except astronauts, fighter pilots, and really unfortunate squirrels get accelerations like that.