Before you watch this, keep in mind that the driver, Antron Brown, walked away unscathed, and even raced again later the same day.

In the lead during this eliminations run at the opening round of the NHRA Winternationals, Brown's 8,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragster explodes in spectacular 480 km/h fashion just before the finish line. Finally coming to a stop in the sand trap at the end of the strip, Brown was helped from the wreckage before walking himself back to his pit garage. Apparently he is one of only four drivers on the day who elected to use a new safety canopy, which, although adding weight, offers improved safety.

No word on how sales of this new safety device have increased since this video went live.