It's not uncommon for cars to lose traction and get sideways at the drag strip; especially when you're dealing with purpose built, go-fast, muscle cars. The incredible video below
starts off like so many other drag races
. We see a good looking Chevrolet Bel Air
facing off with a sinister looking Camaro
of the "badass generation" at what looks like a temporary 1/4 mile setup in pit lane on a road course. If that's the case, the impromptu drag strip will have far less traction available than a prepped permanent facility.
The idea behind getting the best time possible in any 1/4 mile drag race is to launch your car from a dead stop as hard as you can with the minimal amount of wheel spin. People often think of drag racing as boring and easy. It's not uncommon for people to say things like "all you have to do is floor it and go." Anyone with any experience with a powerful car knows it's not that easy to trap a good time.
The most important part of drag racing is the launch. You don't want to launch so hard that you run into excessive wheel spin as that results in slower trap times and added danger of losing control of your vehicle. You don't want to launch too low in the RPM range as that results in bogging your engine and that also results in slower trap times.
The trick to it is finding that sweet spot in the RPM range to launch off the line with just a touch of wheel spin and as much of your motor's power available to you as possible.
The video below
shows the Camaro launching in a cloud of smoke with excessive wheel spin. You can see the driver struggling to put the power down and regain control of his car; which he does. The driver of the classic Chevy Bel Air seemed to get a better launch, but lost traction at what looks to be just past the 60 foot mark.
He struggles to regain control but doesn't quite ever make it and the resulting crash and rollover
is pretty intense. The driver somehow manages to end up through the windshield and onto the hood of his car by the time the Bel Air stops rolling.
He later admits to the seat belts not being anchored correctly when he was restoring the car. Click here to check out the automotive carnage below