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Drag Chutes & Launchers

Stroud Drag Chutes

Stroud Safety is the leader in the non-rigid aerodynamic decelerator field (i.e. drag chutes). These chutes were designed from the start to be user friendly. Stroud Safety has over 35 years experience in parachute design and manufacture. After much exhaustive testing and refinement, the Stroud system was developed.

The Stroud Drag Chute is designed to open very reliably and softly, pull straight, stop sooner and pack very easily by one person in 4 or 5 minutes. The Stroud system does not pull the car off the ground. It pulls low and straight back. With its special deployment system, this chute will open much softer and much more reliably, stopping your car in much less distance than conventional chutes.

Stroud Safety has a chute for every need, with over 50 styles available.

Remember, we re-certify all Stroud Safety Products!

Stroud Launcher System

Stroud parachute launchers are the most advanced parachute deployment system on the market. Available in either mechanical or pneumatic styles, the chute launcher completely does away with pilot chutes and their inherent problems. Patented by Stroud Safety, the chute launcher was over 8 years in development. The chute launcher can be used from the slowest bracket car to Top Fuel cars. It is especially effective on the 1/8 mile courses, as it is not speed dependent like a pilot chute system.

The mechanical system is spring deployed using a regular pull handle. It is ideal for cars that do not have an onboard air system. For those cars that have onboard air, or wish to, then the Stroud pneumatic chute launcher is ideal! It is lighter and easier to use than the spring launcher. Both systems work equally well and the parachute does not know the difference.

If weight is a problem, then the new carbon fiber air launcher is for you. It weighs LESS than a standard Stroud chute with a pilot chute! All Stroud chute launchers come complete with all required mounting and operational equipment. Remember, the Stroud parachute launchers work ONLY with Stroud chutes. Using other type chutes is VERY dangerous! Call Stroud Safety for your specific needs.

Drag Chute Sizing

Custom Chute Design and Repair Service

Stroud Safety services and repairs all of its own chutes. There is no charge for us to look at your chute and estimate the cost of repair, or if it is repairable at all. However, all freight is the responsibility of the customer. Stroud Safety offers custom design and engineering for numerous fields and applications. If you need something not listed, do not hesitate to call us. While many of our products are listed, many more are not, and new products are introduced all the time.

How to figure what size Drag Chute is right for your car.

Some Stroud chutes are designed and built for a certain class. Stroud recommends that anyone looking to purchase a drag chute call their qualified technicians to confirm the size required for their particular circumstance.

Use the following formula and information to determine what your drag chute needs are going to be. However, this formula is only a guide. Call us to find out exactly what you need.

  • Drag chutes only understand two things: weight and speed.

  • Body styles do enter into the picture.

  • Click here for chute sizing guide. Remember, this is only a guide.

If you are over 200mph or your number exceeds the table limits, please call Stroud.

S/C 240 or less Model #400
S/G 330 or less Model #410
C/E 400 or less Model #420
P/S 460 or less Model #430
Alcohol / Fuel Rail Must use 2 chutes Model #450
Alcohol / Fuel Funny Must use 2 chutes Model #470
Drag Chute Pricing

Model Number Description
400 Super Comp
401 Mini Dragster
402 Boat Chute
403 Boat Chute Fire Proof
410 Super Gas
420 Comp Eliminator
430 Pro Stock
450 Fuel / Alcohol Dragster
470 Fuel / Alcohol Funny
The chutes listed above may be upgraded with with either an air or spring launcher for an additional charge. Call for details.
485 Carbon Fiber Air Launcher
490 Launcher Upgrade with Air or Spring


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