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Video: Two Top Fuel Twins run into fives

Drag racing history was made last weekend in Tierp Arena, Sweden, during the European Drag Race Series race meet, as two Top Fuel Twin class riders managed to break the 6 second barrier.

First into 5’s was Finland’s Vesa Lipponen, who stopped the clocks at 5.9205 seconds with a trap speed of 350.65 km/h (217.88 mph) on his second ever proper pass on the bike.
Lipponen’s record didn’t stand for long, however, as the former record time holder, fellow Finn, Jaska Salakari, clocked a 5.837 with a 332.6 km/h (206.74 mph) trap speed, becoming the second rider to run a five-second time in Top Fuel Twin class. What makes Salakari’s pass especially impressive is that the chute opened during the run, hindering top speed.


Vesa Lipponen (front) and Jaska Salakari.


Both five-second bikes are based on Salakari’s design and built completely in Finland. They use 103 CID engine running on nitromethane with a screw-type supercharger built into the engine cases. The drive is direct, without a transmission and the clutch/drive unit is also built into the engine case. The tubular frame is made of Docol R8.

Images: Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes

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