Euro Finals Side by Side Runs

10/09/2015

Just a quick update after our weekend at the FIA European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.

Our first solo run on Friday with Number 3 ended rather abruptly when we were shut down at the staging lights due to a minimal fuel leak from the puke tank but thankfully all our other runs over the weekend went smoothly.

The Friday night time show saw us run head to head in Number 5 against Julian Webb (Split Second Jet Dragster). The crowds loved the night time show and we were happy with a steady 1000ft pass of 4.6 seconds @238mph

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Saturday saw a good 1/4 mile pass with Number 3 of 5.70 seconds @283mph. Our quickest 1/4 mile ET at Santa Pod (overall PB ET is 5.65 seconds in Iceland). Then another side by side jet dragster run ended our Saturday runs with an impressive 1000ft time of 4.42 seconds @260mph and a PB 1/8th mile speed of 231mph!

Sunday was another solo for Number 3 and side by side jet dragsters and we ended the weekend being glad that we didn’t have any major incidents or problems with either cars.

Our next outing is Ford Fest on Sunday 13th Sept with Number 3. It’s hard to believe that there is only another 5 shows for us before the 2015 season comes to an end.

5 second run at Hockenheim

14/08/2015

Further to our NitrOlympx report, we are pleased to say that on Sunday 9th August we completed a 1/4 mile side by side run against Dragon Hunter and finally achieved that elusive 5 second 1/4 mile pass.

For some reason, since our first trip to Hockenheim in 1991, a 5 second 1/4 mile pass has eluded us. Whether it be down to the altitude or weather conditions, we have never figured out why we could not manage a 5 second run on this track.

Happily, we can now proudly say that we are the only jet to run a 5 second 1/4 mile pass at Hockenheimring. Let’s see how long our title reigns!!!

NitrOlympx 2015

09/08/2015

Our visit to the 30th NitrOlympx at Hockenheim ended weeks of hardship and problems with the car. We arrived on Wednesday 5th August to find Hockenheim basking in plus 30 degree temperatures. By Friday, the temperatures at the track were reaching 40 degrees but luckily for us, we were not racing until the Saturday Night Show.

By Saturday evening, a welcome breeze had picked up and the temperature was much cooler than recent days. It was decided that both Dragon Hunter and FireForce 3 were to do solo runs to end the night show. Dragon Hunter went first and put in a steady 1000ft pass.

We were up next and despite our few weeks of recent issues, the car was back on form and much more like the FF3 of old.

A good flame and vapour show got the crowds warmed up and the car launched quickly and made a 1000ft pass of 4.37seconds at 316kph.

The only disappointment was that it wasn’t timed over the 1/4 mile. As it was a solo run, we expected to have a 1/4 mile time and having never ran a 5 second pass at Hockenheimring, it would have been nice to mark the anniversary with a good time. The air conditions were right and the car ran well, so it was an opportunity missed but nevertheless the crowds were very appreciative and the German hospitality was as welcoming as ever.

Who knows, maybe next year we will get that 5 on German soil

 

Icelandic Adventures

11/06/2015

Having just returned from our trip to Iceland, we would again like to thank Ingo, Ingi and everyone at the track, Kvartmíluklúbburinn, for their friendliness and professionalism during our stay.

The track is a credit to all the guys that volunteer their time in the name of Drag Racing. The start line has incredible grip and the track itself is smooth to run on. The only slight improvement that could be made for us is to extend the shutdown area to enable us to run at full speed.

Unfortunately, rain and bad weather meant that we only performed one of the two scheduled runs on Sunday evening but what a run it was! FireForce 3 ran a PB of 5.65 seconds at 255mph over the 1/4 mile with a cracking 220mph at the 1/8th mile. This was also a track record which was a great way to end our amazing trip.

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Iceland is an amazing place and even the legendary Tom Jones performed in Reykjavik to mark his 75th birthday. Sadly, we were unable to make the concert on 8th June as we were sightseeing at the Gullfoss waterfall. We heard that Tom rocked the place though. Good on you Tom!

The car is now sailing it’s way back to the UK and we look forward to being reunited next week.

Fire(Force) and Ice!

06/06/2015

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As we recently announced, a few months back, FireForce 3 was invited to race in Iceland as the star attraction to mark the 40th anniversary of the Icelandic Drag Racing Club. The organiser and some of the track crew came over for the FIA Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway and at the track, details of the trip were confirmed. The FireForce team flew out to Iceland late on Monday 1st June and arrived to the wonderful sight of the midnight sun! And yes, it really is daylight ALL day at this time of year!

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On Tuesday 2nd June, we headed to the track to wait for the container to be delivered and then the car was unloaded and prepped ready for the Press Day on Wednesday.

The track at Kvartmíluklúbburinn is quite unique in that it has a dip after the 1/4 mile and then a steep incline. When travelling at high speeds, you lose sight of the end of the shutdown area and your perception of the track is lost until you are at the top of the incline. The track has a shorter shutdown area than a lot of tracks and unless you want to end up in a pile of lava rocks and craters, you are best to avoid overshooting!

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The Press Day was successful and all the media that attended were intrigued by the car and lots of photos, videos and interviews were taken. The car was pulled into the pit area and a quick start up and demo of the vapour and flame show was enough to impress (deafen and frighten) the media. We even made the Icelandic news that evening on one of the 2 TV channels that they have!!

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After the press guys left , we were able to have a bit of R & R time with some of the guys going to the Blue Lagoon! What an amazing experience and a way to unwind before show day!

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Thursday 4th June was the main show day and we were told that they expected over 1,200 spectators for the evening’s show which is the largest attended event the track has ever had! I decided to run the 1/8 mile on the first run so I could get a feel for the track and the shutdown area. The first run scheduled at 8pm was a new Personal Best for FF3 over the 1/8 mile at 3.89@215mph! Needless to say, everyone was happy and in high spirits. The Icelandic people were really appreciative of the car and came over to buy merchandise and take photos and speak to the crew.
The second and final run at 10pm closed the show and with an early shut off ran a 1/4 mile time of 6.15 seconds.

Friday 5th June, the car was loaded onto a trailer to make an appearance at a static car show in North East Reykjavik and after the car show closes on Sunday, it’ll be back to the track for another evening show with 2 more runs scheduled.

A huge thank you to Ingo and Ingi plus all the track crew at Kvartmíluklúbburinn for your hospitality so far. All of us are having a fab time in Iceland which is an absolutely beautiful country.

We are looking forward to tomorrow’s show and in the meantime, follow our antics on Facebook!

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2 PB’s and Iceland

28/05/2015

The FIA Main Event had the usual mix of ups and downs with the cars.

We had spent a few weeks fixing the leak on Number 3 that had occurred at Festival of Power and whilst resting Number 3, we had  given Number 5 some more runs at Santa Pod steadily building on the time and speed.

The jet dragster ran a PB of 5.62/260mph on Saturday 23rd May and we are now aiming for the 5.5’s over the next couple of weeks.

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Number 3 also seemed to be back to its previous performance and we ran a PB of 5.71/285mph on Mon 25th May.

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There was no time for rest after the Main Event as Number 3 was loaded into a container yesterday ready to ship to Iceland where we have been invited to run at the 40th anniversary at the Kapelluhrauni dragstrip on Thursday 4th June. The team will fly out next week and are very much looking forward to the event.

This event has been in discussions for many months and has managed to be kept off the radar (more or less) until all details were confirmed.

Follow us on Facebook where we will post updates of our Icelandic adventure (FireForce Jet Funny Cars)

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FireForce 5 Jet Dragster Update

07/05/2015

Happily, we can report that testing with the jet dragster is coming along nicely. We still need to build up the speed but at the weekend, the dragster ran a 1/4 mile Personal Best ET of 5.69 seconds.

Our next official outing will be at the FIA Main Event from 23rd – 25th May 2015 at Santa Pod.PB 5

Festival of Power Report 2015

16/04/2015

A belated event report from our Easter weekend ‘Festival of Power’ at Santa Pod Raceway.

The weekend was a mixture of pleasure and pain. Unfortunately Friday 3rd April was rained off late in the day so no racing took place.

On Saturday, we were called for our first side by side run of the day. The dragster got to the startline but the starter motor would not fire up. After a couple of attempts, we were pushed back. Frustrating to say the least!

There was no time to fix the problem as we were straight back down with Number 3. The car ran a Personal Best and the quickest ever Jet FC pass in Europe at 5.72@268mph !

 

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I decided not to run Number 5 again that day as I didn’t have time to solve the issue.

The second run of Saturday with Number 3 saw another PB but this time over the 1/8th mile at a speed of 214mph.

Two PB’s for Saturday with Number 3 but no such success with the dragster yet.

Sunday, I had hoped all the bad luck was behind us. The first run of the day was 1/8 mile side by side Number 3 vs. Dragon Hunter. After a red light by Dragon Hunter, the car did an 3.97@206mph.

Another quick turn around and back to try again with Number 5 and side by side with Split Second. This time the starter motor worked fine but we had afterburner issues. 1/8 mile time of 5.51@145mph. At this point, the team were not in the best of moods!

Another exceptionally tight turn around and back on the line with Number 3 against Dragon Hunter. A second red light from Dragon Hunter and a 1/8 mile time of 4.06@200mph for Number 3.

 

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The final run of the weekend for Number 5 and we got to the startline, fired up and then……… a fuel leak!!! We shut off and that concluded our frustrating weekend!

Since Easter we have tested the dragster again only to find we have a solenoid issue now! Over the next few days, the solenoids will be replaced and hopefully this will be the end of our bad luck.

Who said running jets was easy??

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Photos courtesy of Dave Jones and Andy Willsheer

First Event in 2015

23/03/2015

The first run of 2015 was on Saturday 21st March and although it had been a cold day, at least it was dry. The car performed well for its first run at 5.77@263mph with an early shut off!

Sunday of The Fast Show was another bright sunny day and our two runs were, in all honesty, not the best that we could do. The track wasn’t right for us and the start line didn’t have enough grip to hold the car. A 5 second and low 6 second run was the best we could do in the circumstances.

With the upcoming weekend off, the team are preparing for Festival of Power over the Easter weekend as we have both Number 3 and 5 completing solo and side by side runs.

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2015 Season Around the Corner

07/03/2015

With Spring in the air, the 2015 season is just around the corner. In two weeks, FireForce 3 and the team will make their first outing at The Fast Show at Santa Pod Raceway. Hopefully the weather will be kind and we can start the year off with a bang!

Then two weeks after The Fast Show, Number 3 and Number 5 (jet dragster) will be at Festival of Power, Santa Pod’s Easter weekend event.

The whole team looks forward to Festival of Power as the event will host side by side jet racing. This means that FireForce 3 will go head to head with Germany’s Dragon Hunter and FireForce 5 will go head to head with fellow Brit, Split Second jet dragster.

Let’s get this year underway…..see you at the track!

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