Funny Cars | Drag Racing
Funny Car is a type of drag racing vehicle and a specific racing class in organized drag racing. Funny cars are characterized by having tilt-up fiberglass or carbon fiber automotive bodies over a custom-fabricated chassis, giving them an appearance vaguely approximating manufacturers’ showroom models. They also have the engine placed in front of the driver, as opposed to dragsters, which place it behind the driver.
In drag racing in the mid-1960s, Top Fuel horsepower began to be combined with bodied cars with altered wheelbases to produce the first “funny cars” (originally a derisive term). The first funny cars were built in the early to mid-1960s. Funny Car as a class traces its roots to Super Stock, through “the intriguingly named Optional Super Stock class”, to A/Factory Experimental (A/FX), which NHRA introduced in 1962, and ultimately XS (experimental stock).