I could tell immediately that this car was a modded turbo MR2 by his huge shiny muffler. At the stop light we slowly roll away when I floor it, he quicly follows my example. As soon as he gets on it I know that I am in trouble, his car sounds like a fighter jet without a muffler and quickly begins to pull. I gain some ground everytime he shift (bad shifter?) but this car is pulling way too hard. I roll down my window and tell him "fast car!"....like he did not know. We both turn on an empty highway, he is right behind me. He switches to the other lane and I get on it like never before. He begins to pull again. I never race this fast, but I guess I was caught up in the moment. Up to about 80-90 he is slowly pulling on me, but after that we are equal. I could not tell very well, but I might have been pulling on him after about 100? Finally I shut down at about 120, which comes awfully fast when you absorbed in your own stupidity. It was a fun race, but I will never do that again.
I do not have many mods (Stromung/Tanabe turboback, Unichip-TXS II, KN) so I was always worried about the V8's. So I hit this stop light with a red Z28 (2000-2002?) with sideskirts, tinted windows and such, and did not plan on racing. We both take off driving normal but he keep revving and driving beside me. Finally we hit another light together, and i am PUMPED. I start revving and slip/drop at about 5K (which I have never done before...not a big racer) and I take off like a rocket, by the time I am in 2nd gear he is almost two car lengths behing, in third I am still pulling slowly. I was sruprised that I was still pulling in third as I thought this is when he would get me? Shut down. I rolled down my window and could barely see that there were two guys in the other car because I wanted to talk to them, but they do not roll down the window. Lo and behold, we come to another red light. I am sitting in a bad lane, one of those lanes with tar build-up, but I am still too pumped to care. Well, it was pretty much a replay of the frst race, though he gave up pretty early this time. To say the least, I was pretty excited to spank a V8 with my mods.
Just for kick I went to a dealership and test drove a 99 Cobra. The car was red and looked beautiful. The sound of the engine was great, but that is where my praise ends. This car had only 16K on it, which is what I have on my WRX, but what a piece of JUNK! The car felt like driving the Titanic on four wheels, a great big spunge made out of steel...absolutely no road-feel. Straight line felt and sounded pretty good (love the torque) but almost scary in corners and under braking. I thought my squeeky seat was annoying, but this car sounded like half of the interior was about to fall off! Got back in my beloved Subie and felt pretty good about not owning a Ford.