Sniffer Goes Drag Racing!
John Wayland firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello to all,
On Sat Apr.15th we took 'White Zombie' to the
Woodburn Dragstrips' 'All Import Challenge', to race
it against the gas powered, hopped-up imports. Unfortunately, we got
rained out after just a couple of runs, but we still had a great time.
Since I had Bruce Meland towing the car and trailer with his trusty Toyota Tacoma
pickup, Rich and I hopped in Sniffer(my recently aquired year 2000, 70 mpg Honda Insight Hybrid) and
followed the truck as we got 76 mpg in the process. Once we arrived at
the track and the excitement was building as my adrenaline was pumping,
something came over me....something that I could not stop....something,
something made me do it. Before I realized what I was doing, there was
white shoe polish all over the car's windows and my brand new Insight
was in the staging lanes. Sniffer was a huge hit with the largely 18-25
year old male crowd, and they were amazed that I was preparing to drag
race an 80 mpg car.
I made one pass with Sniffer, and when I pulled into the burnout
pit, I decided to put on a bit of a show and locked up the emergency
brake and proceeded to do a genuine Waylandesque smoke show. To my
surprise, Sniffer lit up both of his front tires, so the car must have
some sort of limited slip differential. The crowd went nuts and started
to scream and applaud for the little silver spaceship car with smoke
peeling out of its swoopy front fenders. Up to the staging lights, on my
right was a girl in a more conventional Honda, but it was far from
stock, a bit massaged, and ready to clean my clock. I really didn't care
and I had no aspirations to beat anyone with my fume-sniffer, but
rather, I was just curious as to what kind of time Sniffer could turn.
The christmas tree lights marched down and I gave Sniffer an easy, non
clutch popping start to reduce the abuse factor as much as possible. I
had predicted that it would run mid 18s at around 70 mph...it ran 18.7
seconds @ 69.8 mph!
Oh yeah, I lost not too badly to the Honda on my right, and it was a girl driving it , but
it was fun being the first (I think) to drag race an Insight. Though
18.7 isn't anything to write home about, it is nonetheless a significant
number, in that it is still about 2 seconds quicker than what a Geo
Metro can muster up...a car that gets 30 mpg LESS than the Insight.