My girlfriend, and I own both of the vehicles in this post, and were both driving them for this race.
2004 WRX, 2.0L Turbo, 4EAT, 93K miles, no mods, 1 bag of launndry in the back weighing est. 25 lbs.
1994 Ford Escort GT, 1.8L N/A, 5 speed, 161K miles, timing advanced +2 degrees, est. 125 lbs weight reduction, home-made short ram intake, 2 baskets of laundry in the back weighing est. 35 lbs.
Outside temperature 45 degrees, Humidity 40%, Dry, Long straightaway on highway side by side.
How it went down:
Me driving Escort GT, girlfriend driving WRX line up for a 60 roll on highway. 3 beeps and we make a run for it. I immediatly pulled her to my rear quarter panel when I downshifted into 3'rd and she floored the automatic. The WRX stayed right next to my rear end from 60-110, I am exhausting 4'th gear at about 112+ mph and 6,300 rpm's I shifted into 5'th as and the rpm's increased, but the speedometer stops around 115-117 so I can't read anything after that point. I kept accelerating, until I redlined in 5'th gear at which time I had pulled a car length on the WRX with my funky little escort.
When we arrived home, I kinda smirked as my girlfriend asked me, WTF was under my hood? Knowing I hadn't modded it, wondering how the heck I beat her. She asked me how fast I was going, because she said she couldn't catch up to me at 130 mph and let off the gas in the WRX at 130. Like I mentioned earlier, I can't read any speed above 117 or so, so obviously I was doing 130+ but I couldn't tell you the speedo don't keep up with the RPM's in 5'th.
Anyway: It was 100% fair, and both parties acknowledge it as it being so. For last night.. Escort 1 > WRX 0.
(She said the car hesitated for about 10 seconds before downshifting, and maintains that had it downshifted sooner, it wouldn't have gone in my favor.)
Regardless of the delay, or no delay in the WRX downshifting, which I don't doubt at all, I drive it too so I realize sometimes it's a little hesitant. I have 100 less HP, so it's an amazing victory regardless. Next time one of us will bring a video tape!
Good night all, and happy holidays! - Brett & Ashley