Army Top Fuel Dragster visits MCC-Longview

One of the fastest hot rod cars in the nation is speeding into Lee’s Summit this week, and it’s making a pit stop at MCC-Longview.

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Army Top Fuel Dragster, a vehicle that accelerates from zero to 100 mph in less than 8/10 of a second, will be on display at Longview’s automotive education center on Wednesday. Members of the Army Top Fuel racing team will be on hand to discuss the racing process and the science and math involved in today’s race cars. The visit is in conjunction with the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka this weekend.

Rory Perrodin, automotive technology instructor in Longview’s award-winning automotive program and division chair for technology and business, says the visit from the Top Fuel Dragster and the racing team is a learning opportunity for his automotive technology students as well as an opportunity for racing enthusiasts to have a rare up-close glimpse at one of the fastest vehicles of its kind.

“Race cars drive many of the automotive industry’s inventions,” said Perrodin. “Cars are physics applied to a moving machine, race cars are the cutting edge of these disciplines. This week we get to show people some of the engineering technology, science and math that go into these incredible machines.”

The NHRA Top Fuel Dragster can exceed 280 mph in just 660 feet, a rate of acceleration that is faster than that of a jumbo jet, a fighter jet, and a Formula One race car.  When leaving the starting line of a race, the dragster takes off with a force nearly five times that of gravity, the same force of the space shuttle when it leaves the launching pad at Cape Canaveral.

MCC-Longview’s automotive program has been ranked #1 in the nation for post-secondary automotive training by the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association. The program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and has received a major award from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Army Top Fuel Dragster and racing team members will be in the MCC-Longview High Technology building on Wednesday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.