I was heading up Route 1 (the Boulevard) last night a little after 9. This VW passes me on the left and revs as he goes by. Couldn’t tell what it was, totally de-badged. I was thinking oh this will be fun. So we come to a red light, I’m in the right lane, somebody else in the middle, he’s in the left. He revs, I rev back. Hold it around 5k, light goes green and I’m out…wasn’t even close. I just jump ahead and don’t even look back.
Next red light we’re all in the same lanes still, but he doesn’t rev so I don’t think he’s gonna go again. Light goes green and neither of us really launches, but after a second he punches it. When I floor it I’m only around 2500 rpm’s so he gets out about a car length ahead…and stays there. I was like WTF?! We stayed pretty even. By the time I shift to fourth I know it’s over, I might have caught up about a foot, and was just like damn. Then he put his flashers on, so I hang my head in shame. He slows down a bit and I pull up next to him and just kinda laugh at myself and shrug. He gives me thumbs up so I return and we go on our merry ways.
Then this guy and his girl in an older Protégé get up next to me (on my right and the window is up) and he’s hanging out the window hollering and waving his arms around. Crap. So I roll the window down and he’s like “What the hell was that? How did you not beat him? I know I can smoke him and you can smoke me!” I just said I got a bad launch and he just kinda laughs, so I did too. Then the guy in that was between us (don’t know what he was driving, but it must have been cool because he had blue turn signal bulbs ) drives buy and shakes his head. I said to my girl “I’m so friggin embarrassed”, and then she says “I’m embarrassed for you too!” Wonderful.
So I think I’m gonna chalk this one up as a bad launch and I wasn’t boosting enough. I was spiking pretty bad on the way to fengshui’s place for Plat’s b-day extravaganza day 1, so I turned it down a bit. I was only hitting about 13.7 psi (like .095 on the factory gauge) in 3rd. I’ll have to fix that tonight. I’m guessing it was a GTI VR6 for him it to have been so close. Does it sound like he’s stock? It kinda surprised me that we stayed pretty even; even if he did get a little jump on me. Oh well, better get them up/down pipes in like now.