talking with friends and we could not decide if wheelbase should be considered when building a bracket car. Does the placement of the tires on the starting line come into play ? I know the dragster are way back there is there any advantage by trying to get the slicks closer to the start line ? Better more consistent rubber base maybe? Thanks from the old guy.
Here's what I consider when building a car. Wheelbase seems to have an effect on reaction times like in a Pro tree situation. Obviously a longer wheelbase will drive better. I also consider crank centerline and engine placement.
The only time I have seen wheelbase cause any starting line issues was at the N.M.R.A. races that I worked as a starter. All the cars (99%) were Fox bodies. The track would develop bald spots in both lanes at the same place. All the cars wheelbase was the same, so we had to treat the same spot in each lane all day.
thoughts; the performance level of the bracket car, engine power, and placement, car weight, chassis design, tire size, trans, converter are all considerations if you want to seak the ultimate package.
Yet, in many cases, we build and race a body style we like. With today's technology in tires and converters and shocks the successful package has a relatively wide range. Consider your local bracket program and notice the wide range of winning cars.
In my experience, consistent driving plus a well-prepared car will produce a good share of win lights.
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And how fast do you want to go? If you are going to be running 4's in the 1/8 mile then your only good choice is a dragster. Slower than that your options open up.
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