Drag racing takes more than just having a powerful car. Sure, some cars have insane amounts of power with massive drag tires and a protective roll cage helping keep everything together, but thanks to “urbanhillbilly” on YouTube, we can see what happens with a car that lacks the downforce to keep that power planted to the ground.
Dennis Bailey, the owner of the 3000-horse twin-turbo Mustang, was racing at the Radial Revolution at South Georgia Motorsports Park on October 24, 2010. Shortly after getting off to a good start, Bailey’s front-end lifted up and pitched the car into an airborne flip over the track wall. The car then disappeared behind the wall in a cloud of dust as parts launched through the sky. Astonishingly, Bailey was uninjured; his Mustang didn’t fare as well.
Drag cars are meant to have low downforce to achieve maximum speed, but with the use of some aerodynamics, racers can make their cars safer and easier to control at high speeds.