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Old 06-25-2013, 02:28 AM   #1
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How much fuel to have in the tank when drag racing?

How much gas to have in your tank when drag racing?

Well I tried doing some research, and got varied answers. Some say have as low as you can, about 1/4 to decrease weight, while others said 3/4-1/2 because the fuel weight is right over the rear tires, which will help you gain traction.

Considering the Camaro already has more than enough weight, what do you guys think, the less weight the better? I tried both at the track. One time I was at 1/4 tank, and another I was at 3/4 tank. Did not notice a huge difference. Common sense tells me the less weight the better, but this what I found. (1/8 Mile). Car is completely stock.

1/4 Tank: 60' was 2.15 with a time of 9.52 (Tire pressure was about 34)
3/4 Tank: 60' was 2.20 with a time of 9.74 (Was a bit warmer temp, tire press about 32, and had a passenger)

I know many more variables are to be considered, so what do you guys think?
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:16 AM   #2
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1/4 tank or less.

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Old 06-25-2013, 08:20 AM   #3
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So full it's about to puke out of the filler.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:33 AM   #4
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So full it's about to puke out of the filler.
HUH?!??!
why?

thats like 100 extra lbs..

on vapor.. then put 2 gallons of race fuel at the track..
thats all you need.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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race fuel is a waste of money, unless you have a tune for it...
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #6
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When I do go to the track I usually run with 1/8 of a tank. And fill as needed.
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Of course we are tuned and heavily modded.. Dope or Boost..( or both) not stock cars. 600-1500+ hp cars down here.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:15 AM   #8
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HUH?!??!
why?

thats like 100 extra lbs..

on vapor.. then put 2 gallons of race fuel at the track..
thats all you need.
Traction. Spins out of control with anything less. Part of the reason my cars race weight is 4217 lbs.

I fill the entire tank with 104. It's about $250.
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Respectully, Jamie you need adjustable drag shocks and need to play with a 2 step, got to pull out weight sir.

I run 1/4 tank if I can time it right, but sometimes it's 1/2 tank.
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If I remember correctly, fuel weighs around 6 lbs per gallon....so approximately...

20 gal (full) = 120 lbs

5 gal (1/4 tank)= 30 lbs

90 pounds less with 1/4 tank....that's how I'd roll....lol...
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I usually start the night at 1/2 and finish around 1/4.

I think it's funny when people give Jamie racing tips. j/k
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Respectully, Jamie you need adjustable drag shocks and need to play with a 2 step, got to pull out weight sir.

I run 1/4 tank if I can time it right, but sometimes it's 1/2 tank.
I have the Pfadt drag specific shocks so we are working with that. Limited track time this year is killing the progress. Only two trips so far.
Couple more trips and ill get it dialed in. Hopefully before camaro fest.


No two step. I leave off idle. Maybe 1000 if I'm feeling crazy. Any higher and no traction.

Def no weight reduction. I race it the way I drive it in the street. Just swap tires.
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If I remember correctly, fuel weighs around 6 lbs per gallon....so approximately...

20 gal (full) = 120 lbs

5 gal (1/4 tank)= 30 lbs

90 pounds less with 1/4 tank....that's how I'd roll....lol...
Ill loose more than .1 blowing the tires off.

Just think, I also have a 5 gallon ice cell in the trunk as well!!
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