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This is what happens when a drag car’s parachute fails

Mike Bowman gets nothing but net as he has the mother of all Code Brown moments

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Here’s a useful – and very visual – illustration of physics for you. See, if you think that those parachutes that sprout out of the back of drag cars once they’ve crossed the finish line are merely there to add a bit visual garnish to all the horsepower, methanol, noise and flames, please click play on the video above.

What you will see is Pro Mod driver Mike Bowman’s parachutes fail during a race at Gateway Motorsports Park having crossed the line at 255mph after a 5.89-second pass. “No worries,” you may think, “he can just hit the brakes.”

Well, as you can see from the firey, orangy hue radiating from under the car, they’re not quite up to the job. See, throwing a bed sheet into the air at nearly 300mph is actually quite an effective way to slow a car down. With Mike’s chute failing, he basically had a monster brake failure and an instant, incredibly soiled pair of pants. And had to rely on the netting at the end of the drag strip to catch him. He shot, he scored. He also walked out unhurt, which is quite amazing. So don’t go doubting those parachutes, peeps.

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