I rolled down to the SRT-4 / WRX meet at Lums Pond Park in DE today. We had a good turnout of both SRT-4s and WRXs and I had every intention of racing the fastest SRT-4 at the meet. After surveying the mostly stock SRT-4s in the group, Andre (drizze99) was the obvious victim -- er... opponent -- since he has dyno proven HP to contend with.
Andre asked if I wanted to race from a stop or a roll. I told him a stop, but I didn't really care. We circled around our route, verified a lack of law enforcement, and lined up at a stop light. We had a black SRT-4 lined up behind us as the chase car complete with video camera.
The opposing light turned yellow, then red and Andre and I both tached up our engines. I slip-dropped the clutch in the neighborhood of 6000rpm as Andre bogged. The race was over. I kept on it until 110mph (six cars lengths), but he wasn't gaining on me in the slightest, so I shutdown and put on my flashers.
Andre was a true gentleman and raised the thumbsup. Upon returning to the parking lot, he admitted his botched launched and conceded that he was very surprised that he was not pulling on me once we got rolling. I guess the stock wheels and muffler threw him a little as the Subaru crew explained that I was "far from stock."
Good effort, Andre! Get a limited slip and we'll try it again sometime. Get that video digitized ASAP!