By 2009, Top Fuel cars will be required to use the Electrimotion Safety Shutoff Controller for the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Technical Services has announced. This announcement is in line with the continuous efforts of NHRA to improve safety in drag racing. In October this year, Nitro Funny cars have already been required to use the device beginning at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals held that month.
The Electrimotion Safety Shutoff Controller was designed by Dave Leahy. It senses manifold burst panel failure and simultaneously activates the fuel shutoff, shuts down the ignition and deploys parachutes. The use of the shutoff device will be mandatory for both Top Fuel and Funny Cars beginning at the season-opening of Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on February 5 to 9, 2008.