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.
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