Now, I don't street race. In fact, in my years of driving, I haven't ever once with a random car I've encountered while driving around. But this worked out quite nicely and I just wanted to see what my car could do.
Middle of the day, two lane highway (Route 38 in NJ, I think). I roll up to a red stoplight and another black 2.5L WRX pulls up to me with 3 passengers in his car (three guys and a girl total). He looks at me and yells "Whooo!" I don't know, he was a younger guy. I ask him if he's stock. He revs and I hear that Subaru rumble. I took a look at his exhaust and it's a huge twin tip. I yell back that I'm stock. I'll probably lose, but I can't turn it down, seeing as we have similar cars.
So the light turns green and I launch my baby with the glass transmission. Eep. He pulls ahead slightly, spinning all four of his wheels (I didn't know we could do that) and I catch up by the time 1st is wrung out. Second, I keep up with him but he pulls away slightly. By third and 80 MPH, he's about a car length in front of me. We shut down after that and he just kept going, no slowing down for a thumbs up or anything. Ah well, I was laughing it up because it was a first.
So what happened there? I know he has a lot of extra weight. I'm guessing he was running stage 2 with his TBE. I'm thinking I was able to keep up at first because of my less weight (just me in my car as opposed to him carrying 3 passengers). I've never launched my car before, but I know the basic technique from reading the forums. Didn't spin my wheels like he did, though.
So by the time second gear was done, the weight advantage became a diminished factor and he started to pull away. Opinions?