The NAPA Funny Car Experience and simulator debuts at the March 14-16 Portland Roadster Show in Oregon as the first of 170 appearances scheduled in the Western United States.
The Funny Car is a retired NAPA AUTO PARTS racecar driven by Ron Capps that has been modified to provide a cockpit experience like no other for fans to get a Capps-eye view of what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat while doing a burnout and then making a run down the dragstrip at over 300 mph.
Once inside, fans will put the throttle pedal to the metal that with software provided by Dobbs Technologies activates the video/audio system in which the windshield is covered by a 32-inch flat-screen, HD screen that shows NHRA-licensed video captured by a mini HD camera mounted on the nose piece of eyeglass frames worn by Capps during an NHRA qualifying run . Fans hold an actual Funny Car steering wheel and brake handle as they prepare to initiate the run sequence. The run begins with communications from the crew to the cockpit and the engine is fired. The body is lowered and the burnout begins. Following final system checks on the starting line Capps stages, takes the green light and blasts through clutch dust and the blur of 312 mph before opening the chutes and exchanging communications with his crew. The 4D sound system provides stunning realism and simulates the rumbling of 10,000 horsepower.
Here's footage of an actual in car experience when Capps' engine exploded at the 2014 Circle K Winternationals