FireForce 4 to make a return!

15/02/2016

5 years after the dramatic wall clipping incident, FireForce 4 Jet Funny Car is set to return to the track at Festival of Power. Taking place over Easter weekend from 25th – 27th March 2016, FireForce 4 will feature in the ‘jet car shootout’ and hopefully we can spend 2016 steadily building on the cars’ performance and seeing what it can do.

StuntShow2011_3 (Medium)

Watch this space for more info……

Goodbye 2015……Hello 2016!!

31/12/2015

I can’t say I’m sad to see the back of 2015. It was a year unlike any other I’ve known with problem after problem with both the jet car and jet dragster. From stupid, never-before issues to more major problems, both the cars tried my patience (and pocket) to the limit.

Not to sound negative, 2015 also brought about some great PB’s for the cars. Our attendance in Iceland saw FireForce 3 run a mighty 5.65 second 1/4 mile run pleasing not only us but the track guys also. I am convinced that if they lengthen the shut down area, the car could go even faster!! But maybe that’s a job for a few years time?

In Germany, FF3 was also the first jet funny car to run a 1/4 mile 5 second run at NitrOlympX, Hockenheim. Something that had eluded us even with FF1 over 10 years ago. For some reason (maybe the heat or the altitude) the cars have always struggled to run the times that come so natural on home soil. Needless to say, it was a great feeling to see a ‘5’ on the board!

The jet dragster, FireForce 5 has gained more runs this year and aside from the problems, has put in some good perfomances, running a 1/4 mile ET of 5.1769 seconds back in June 2015. With an 1/8th mile at 231mph and a 1/4 mile at 294mph, both times and speed are increasing nicely. Who knows a ‘4’ might be in the pipeline for 2016??

And we haven’t forgotten about Number 4! I had hoped that FF4 would make an appearance some time in 2015 but with all the other issues, my priority was to get FF3 and FF5 running.

As a non sponsored, self funded, self taught jet enthusiast, I will continue to build jets and race jets as long as I can. The support of our fans and the companies that assist me in the maintenance of the jets, means a lot. Without you, FireForce would be nothing.

So here’s to 2016. Our first outing is at Festival of Power over the Easter weekend in March. See you there!

Happy New Year, see you in 2016!!

FF3 Hero Front FF3 HeroBack FF5 Hero Front FF5 Hero Back

New hero cards available, visit our trailer at Pod for a signed copy or drop us a message on Facebook or Twitter!

The end of another season

12/11/2015

Another season has come and gone. And this one has been particularly trying. In all my years of working with jets, I have never known a year with so many issues.

Both number 3 and number 5 have thrown up various problems which have tried my patience to the max.

On the plus side, we have seen many PB’s this year. A highlight was in Iceland back in June with Number 3 running the 1.4 mile in 5.65 seconds.

Our trip to Iceland was amazing and it would be great to go back one day and beat our record!

We also managed to run our first ever 5 second run at Hockenheimring at the 30th annual NitrOlympX in August. This meant a lot to me as we had run at Hockenheim numerous times over the years and the magical 5 seconds had always eluded us. Finally, we ran a 5.98 over the 1.4 mile on our last run!

Number 5, jet dragster has also been running well (when things weren’t going wrong) with a 5.17 second 1./4 mile run @ 290mph at Santa Pod back in June 2016.

It is also ran a 1/8 mile PB of 231mph at the Euro Finals at Santa Pod in September.

The end of season finale ‘Flame & Thunder’ at Santa Pod saw us end the year with Number 3 triggering the fireworks display. Both Number 3 and Number 5 put in some good runs and it was a relief to end our season on a high!

https://www.facebook.com/164893953568789/videos/971892636202246/

So, our first outing in 2016 is at Festival of Power over the Easter weekend (25th – 27th March 2016). Thanks to all our supporters and all the helping hands along the way!

See you next year, Martin.

 

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

nightime

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.

time slipcrew

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

1.8944

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!

midnight sun

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!

track

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!!

press day

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!

20150603_202259

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!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/FireForce-Jet-Funny-Cars/164893953568789

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.

me15dj-0686

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

Iceland

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)

1.8944

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

Share this page: