Question about Funny Car Wheelbases and engine placement


I know Top Fuel Funny cars are required to have a wheelbase between 100 inches and 125 inches but I always assumed everyone ran the maximum length of 125 inches and had the engine placed as far back as possible.

But recently I’ve noticed that some Funny cars seem shorter than most others (JR Todd’s comes to mind)

And furthermore I’ve noticed some funny cars have their engines placed further forward than others (Robert Hight’s engine seems to be just behind his front wheels)

I don’t know if these are just optical illusions because of the paintjobs or do some funny car teams actually run shorter wheelbases and/or have engines placed further forward ?

Does this not make as much of a difference as I used to think it did ?


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