So last night I took my 2004 WRX (not STI) to the drag strip. I know these cars aren't drag cars but I was very disappointed with the outcome. Most good runs were somewhere in the 88mph range. My 60 foot times ranged from 2.228-2.567. My 1/4 mile times ranged from 16.069-16.898. For the two slowest times I missed 3rd gear and finished around 80 mph. All of my times were consistent in both lanes and speeds were pretty consistent on clean runs. I tried launching from 4200 all the way up to 5200 rpm's, but nothing changed. I didn't do the dump clutch type launch, I slipped the clutch a little bit.
When i first purchased my car, I thought it was fast, but after last night, I'm embarrassed. Besides a 96 Jeep Cherokee and a couple of trucks, I was the slowest there. This was my first time at a drag strip, so maybe my starts weren't perfect.
My car is almost completely stock. The only things that have been done are a Perrin catless up pipe, TurboSmart BOV, and an STI exhaust all done by previous owner. Yesterday just minutes before leaving i installed a Cobb Accessport and ran it on the stage 1 91 OTS map. CarandDriver I believe has my car at 14.1, so why was I two whole seconds slower? I did 10 runs and the first was my fastest all night and I was nervous as ever. What can I do to bring down my 60' time as well as increase speed to break 90mph and finish in the high 14's- low 15's or even better? I tried both running all the way to the end in 3rd and also shifting into 4th and both resulted in about the same speed and time. I understand a good launch can bring times down a half second or so, so that would put me in the mid-high 15's.
How much difference do tires and wheels make? I have stock wheels from an 06 and Continental winter tires. Would winter tires vs summer tires really add almost 2 seconds? My first run was 16.069 and the last run was 16.728 but I also had a passenger which added 160 pounds or so. Why is it sooooooo damn slow?