View Full Version : What trap speeds mean between 2 cars.

03-08-2003, 04:12 AM
Ok, this is kinda hard to ask but here goes. How does a trap speed effect 2 cars when there racing from a roll? If you have a car trapping at say 103 and another at 105, does that mean that not matter what weight, type of tranny, speed or anything that the car that traps higher would win because of the greater HP number? Im slightly confused an always have been about the trap speeds.

03-08-2003, 04:59 AM
probably, it usually relates to hp, but some cars are geared to top out at trap speed near redline:D

03-08-2003, 09:38 AM
Not really. There are a ton of other factors, such as traction, shifting ability(if done manual), way the motor makes power. If you had an auto and put in a non lock up converter, you most likely could loose 2-4 mph in the 1/4 but pick up et. Our cars have a lot of tork down low and not a lot hp up high, so we would run say a low 15 at 89-91 mph, but another car may not have as much tork down low to help it get moving, but a lot of hp up high to pull it along. It might also run a low 15 but trap around 91-93 mph. Now if you are racing from a roll, then its a little different.

In any type of racing, no two cars are alike and any out come is possible, with in reason.

03-08-2003, 02:38 PM
traction is ET, unless the guy can spin his tires all the way down the track:D