Well, got into my first encounter with a late model Mustang GT. Black coupe, hood scoop, mean-sounding exhaust (I think it was stock), billet-style wheels. Nice looking GT
I was driving and all of a sudden I looked in my rearview mirror and there was some sporty looking car right on my butt (it was night time so I couldn't see what kind it was). Light up ahead turns red and he pulls up next to me and starts revving his engine. I knew it was on. I was kind of anxiuous since I had heard how many times a guy in my other forum has beaten WRX's. He did admit the ones he encountered did not know how to launch. But last week I had been out practicing launches about 3 days in a row, 10 launches each night. And I've practiced off and on before that. In addition I also practiced fast shifts into 2nd but with a little feathering of the clutch so as to not hurt the tranny. Also, this is my 5th manual sitck shift car so I'm not a rookie with stick shift cars. But I am a rookie with turbo cars. Always had high torque V-8's and V-6's.
SGOsWRX - I did exactly what you said to do on launches. Rev up to 4-5k rpm, slip the clutch and immediately mash the gas pedal. That works perfect. No burnt clutch smell and perfect launch.
I held the clutch right at the "catch" point and revved up to 4500 rpm. Light turned green, I slipped the clutch fast and mashed the gas pedal. PERFECT LAUNCH. Had about 1.5 car lengths on him by the end of 1st gear. Perfect, fast shift into 2nd and I gained about 1/2-1 more car lengths right away. The gap stayed about the same until I hit 80-85mph and I shut down (it was a 40mph speed limit). So I had about 2.5 car lengths on him. I was pretty happy seeing that I am completely stock (except for handling mods)and I even have the handicap of the heavy, 22lb CT wheels.
I gotta admit I am really impressed with the WRX. I've always been a V-8 lover, but this WRX has really grown on me.