It’s Chevrolet versus Ford in this drag race, but this time the Ford has backup from Roush Performance.
Roush is a Ford-approved tuner of Mustangs, F-150s, and everything bigger. They do what Ford Performance refuses to: give Ford vehicles more power than makes sense.
If you’re looking for the Shelby Mustang GT500, then you’ll see it on stage at the Detroit Auto Show next year, but Roush has a 700+ horsepower Mustang for you to buy already. Called the Roush Stage 3 Mustang, it sports the same 5.0-L Coyote V8 that comes standard in the GT trim, but Roush adds a supercharger to bring power from 450 hp to 710 hp.
Not only that, Roush, adds new aerodynamic improvements to improve handling, such as a front splitter, side canards, and a rear diffuser. Adjustable coilover suspension further adds to the Roush’s smooth ride, while an optional active exhaust lets the car create a symphony unlike any other.
The Corvette Z06 is actually a pretty good matchup. It too has a supercharged V8, although the 6.2-L powering the Z06 only produces 650 hp. It beats the Mustang on torque, however, with 650 lb-ft to the Roush’s 610.
There’s also a weight advantage on the Corvette of roughly 300 lbs. That should make up for the 60 horse difference and make this an entirely fair fight.
This race will come down the drivers. Judging by the drivers’ left hands, both have manual transmissions, with the ‘Vette having a 7-speed and the Mustang a 6-speed. Those shifts will be the key to victory for this quarter-mile drag.
Right off the line, the Corvette has trouble getting power to pavement. It seems like the Chevy spins its wheels for a full two seconds before finally getting underway, but by then the Mustang had already taken off. The Corvette manages to catch up before the finish line, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead.
The Mustang finished in a time of 12.35 seconds at 119.96 mph, while the Corvette managed a time of 12.82 seconds at 117.50 mph.