Staging a car at the drag strip is an art form. You line up so you have your ...
Staging a car at the drag strip is an art form. You line up so you have your vehicle exactly where you want it to try and extract tenths of the second as you blast off down the strip.
Some like staging deep while others run shallow. However, for some, and staging is now moving beyond the art form and into a highly technical. Such is the case on this massively modified 1,700-hp Nissan GT-R.
For the all-wheel-drive car like the GT-R, staging means working quickly to get your boost pressure built up before yellow lights start their dance toward the green.
Some vehicles employ a bit of tech called the Bump Box. This allows you to stage your vehicle just behind a timing beams and get your engine prepped.
The bump box then briefly disengages your transbrake and rolls your car forward the pre-determined amount. You are now staged and ready to rock.
On the GT-R, this wasn’t really possible because of the way a clutch packs are set up. Now though, it looks like someone has figured out the way around this issue.
In this video, the GT-R sets up just before the staging beams. You can see it build the revs and boost, then it is bumped into position for the run.
From there, the vehicle rips off eight second runs with a trap speed of the little over 186 mph. It will be quite interesting to learn more about this technology and what is going on under the skin to allow it to bump forward in the box as it does.
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