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A drag racing car class. Generally, funny cars have forward-mounted engines and carbon fiber automotive bodies over the chassis that resemble manufacturers' showroom models.
Funny Car is a type of drag racing vehicle and a specific racing class in organized drag racing. In the United States, the other professional drag racing classes are Top Fuel, Pro Modified, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Bike. 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 forward-mounted engines, as opposed to dragsters which place the engine behind the driver. Funny car bodies typically reflect the models of newly available cars in the time period that the funny car was built. For example, in the 1970s, then current models such as the Chevrolet Vega or Plymouth Barracuda were often represented as funny cars. Currently, the Dodge Charger and Toyota Camry sedans, along with the Ford Mustang coupe, are now commonly used in the National Hot Rod Association. Worldwide, however, many different body styles are used. These "fake" body shells are not just cosmetic; they serve an important aerodynamic purpose.
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