Thread: Jet Boat crashes
03-11-2009, 03:59 PM #1
Jet Boat crashes
This is crazy. Does anyone know where this is?
03-11-2009, 04:19 PM #2
- Join Date
- Apr 2007
- JUST NORTH OF CUBA-- FL,KEYS
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The Land Down Under
03-11-2009, 04:40 PM #3
03-11-2009, 06:05 PM #4
I have to say, even having seen this video, those people are great drivers. The course is thin the speeds are high. I would love to take my ski out there!
03-11-2009, 06:26 PM #5
03-13-2009, 11:14 AM #6
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- near Toronto, Canada
Jet Sprint Racing
Google Jet Sprint Racing
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About the Race
Since it’s humble beginnings in New Zealand 20 years ago V8 Jetsprint racing has developed into one of the most exciting forms of motor sport that exists today.
Likened to rally driving on water, the boats can accelerate from 0 to 160km’s in under two seconds while completing 180 degree corners pulling 5-6 G’s similar to those found in a F-111 fighter jet.
It is a visual spectacular unseen in any other form of motor sport that translates well not only to the spectator but to a wider television audience. On the back of this incredible excitement the world of V8 Jetsprinting is continually growing in popularity around the world.
There are tracks and National Championships held in New Zealand, Australia and The United States of America every year.
HOW THE EVENT IS WON
A typical Jetsprint course is built in an area the size of a football field, consisting of a series of channels 4 to 8 metres wide, with a water depth up to one metre (3 feet).
The boats have a driver and navigator who negotiate the channels in a pre-determined order given to them on race day. The race usually involves 25-30 directional changes in a run that takes less than a minute to complete. It's the ultimate test of man and machine against the clock, a test where the difference between winning and losing is often within hundredths of a second.
Each competitor has three qualifying runs with the top 16 crews progressing to the "sudden death" elimination rounds. There are no second chances as the field is halved in each round, reducing from 16 to 8 to 4 down to the two crews who will contest the Final top two shootout.
A typical race route would be; START,10,9,2,3,7,9,8,3,6,5,1,2,3,6,4,3,2,9,7,6,FIN SH
Likened to putting a drag car engine in your average Aussie aluminium dinghy, the boats themselves are unusual in their design and are built especially for this sport. They are made of aluminium and weigh between 450 and 600 kilograms.
With some engines producing up to 1200 horsepower it provides an amazing power to weight ratio virtually unseen in any other motor sport.
Steering is through a rear nozzle which directs the jet unit output. There is no rudder and the boat can only steer when power is applied. Boat jet units have a water throughput of up to 2800 litres per minute. This gives them incredible maneuverability enabling them to turn 180 degree corners at speeds unseen before.
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