Brittany Force shattered the NHRA Top Fuel Record of fastest pass in history with a run of 3.659 seconds at 338.17 mph in the quarter mile. The old record was set by Tony Schumacher in 2018 with a speed of 336.57 mph. Her elapsed time also broke the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track record and placed her atop the leaderboard in NHRA Top Fuel at the Las Vegas meet.
If you don't follow Top Fuel, and I was always partial to Funny Cars myself in the world of quarter mile racing, Brittany Force is part of Drag Racing royalty. Her father, John Force, has over 100 NHRA career victories under his belt with national titles, records, and awards as both a driver and team owner. And yes, Brittany drives for her pop. Her sisters, Ashley and Courtney, are both racers with multiple wins. She's even related by marriage to IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, son of Bobby Rahal. How's that for pedigree!
But Brittany didn't rise to the top of NHRA Top Fuel because of her name. She did it based on skill, determination, and hard work. This latest record is proof of that. She started at an early age idolizing her father and his mythic status in the world of drag racing. She slowly moved up in the ranks distinguishing herself as being just as capable as anyone in Top Fuel. In 5 short years she went from rookie to Top Fuel World Champion in 2017. She is only the second woman in history to secure that title. Wow!
This latest record is proof of her success. She drives, of course, for John Force Racing in a specially prepared "rail" fabricated in-house with a nitromethane burning 500 cubic inch V-8 with a 14-71 blower. The engine generates 10,000 horsepower although it's tough to confirm that as there aren't any dynos in existence that can handle that power! And with a mere 2,300 lb. curb weight you can see how she boogies down the track.
I can remember years ago when Don Garlits first broke several records in the 200 mph range and thinking, how much faster can they go? Obviously, much faster! Buckle up, Brittany.