This episode features the first ever Grand Championship on the scrapheap. Series 2 winners, the Megalomaniacs will face this series winners, the Brothers in Arms, in building a dragster that will carry one teammate. They'll race three heats, the team with the fastest time, against the computer & not each other, wins it all. They aren't allowed to build 2 wheeled dragsters and they must meet racing standards for safety.

A dragster is a unique vehicle. Most dragsters have a powerful engine driving large rear wheels. The wheels aren't just large size-wise but wide with no tread. The idea is to provide the most surface area to make contact with the asphalt to provide the most drive. Weight is also an issue. The lighter you are, the faster you can go...theoretically. You also want your weight over the rear axle for maximum traction and you need to be concerned with your power-to-weight ratio. An engine that weighs 400 pounds and generates 160 horsepower is equal to a 200 pound engine putting out 40 horsepower.

Aiding the Brothers in Arms is
Andy Johnson
In the Megalomaniacs corner is
Brian Johnson
The Brothers are going for brute force
with this massive V8 engine
The Megs are going lightweight using
this small, yet powerful, motorcycle
If our judge looks familiar it's because
he's back for a 3rd time.
It's Neal Davis
Now that's brute force!
That looks like a heavy beast
Will that axle be strong enough?
Nosher welds an adapter plate so the
gear will fit on the axle
The team captains take a moment to
chat about their machines
There's the chain, hooked up to the
rear driving gear
Always remember...measure twice,
cut once
Robert has kissed the hand of
Colonel Dick makes certain the fit
is good in the driver's seat
Robert is going mad over the sound of
the Brothers' beefy V8
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