ABOVE: Burnout time for NG Motorsports – in only four seconds, the dragster can reach over 150mph
petrol), the tyre pressure is checked (it’s critical to performance) and safety checks are completed. When you’re reaching speeds of over 200mph in less than seven seconds, it’s vital to have every eventuality covered and every precaution in place. As the driver, Nick wears a safety helmet, full fire suit and is completely strapped into the car, which also involves arm and neck restraints. Nick then spins the tyres (a ‘burnout’) to warm them and lay two sticky rubber strips on the starting line which will aid grip – the track itself is already covered in a type of glue to help the wheels stay grounded. It’s now the job of the crew to line the dragster up ready to start the race. Both drivers then edge forwards slowly, breaking a beam of light that will then activate the signals – amber, then green to go. As the car shoots forward, Nick experiences a massive 4.4G of pressure, pushing him into the car – and in just a few seconds he has reached the end of the strip. It’s time to hit the parachute button that assists stopping – although this can take half a mile, twice as long as the race itself! The official European Championship in drag racing is administered by the FIA (Federation International Automobile), the same organisation that governs the World Championships in Rally, Touring Car and Formula One.
NG Motorsport competes at the two FIA Championship rounds held in the UK and in all rounds of the UK Championship. In terms of the sport, Nick’s team is still fairly new, but they’ve enjoyed considerable success, finishing last season near the top of the table and reaching the Super Pro ET final in the last round of the 2009 FIA European Championships held at Santa Pod Raceway in front of 35,000 spectators. The team are constantly working hard to improve their vehicle and skills which has made them a formidable competitor, with the fastest car in their class in Europe. It’s also notable that NG Motorsport became Europe’s first accredited carbon neutral drag racing team in 2010, gaining membership of the Carbon Neutral Federation. The racer’s distinctive yellow and white design has also lead to it being one of the most famous and photographed in drag racing. “We’re lucky to have a great team of sponsors without whom none of this would be possible,” says Nick. “Thanks to them we’re able to give the dragster the latest updates and modifications, to always keep ahead of the field. 90% of the work takes place before the race so it’s great we have such a good crew too. We all have high hopes for the new season which will be starting at Easter.” KL
Competition! Thanks to NG Motorsport one lucky KL magazine reader has the chance to win a special prize package comprising of the team’s official 2011 calendar, a signed poster, a computer mousemat and two official team coffee mugs. To enter the competition, simply tell us what type of car the team races. Send your answer before March 24th to NG Motorsport Competition, KL magazine, 37 Broad Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1DP.
KLmagazine March 2011
Thanks to the sponsors!
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Published on Mar 1, 2011