DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 31, 2013 — On one side, you have a 2013 Cobra Jet – a 5.0L V8 powerplant with a Ford Racing-built Whipple 2.9L Supercharger. On the other is a Ford Fiesta ST Competition Car – a 2.0L, 550+ horsepower engine with an OMSE gearbox with custom ratios.
For fun, we took one of each to zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with drivers Roy Hill and Tanner Foust, just to see how the two would compare on the quarter-mile.
“I hit sixth gear before I was even halfway down the track,” said Foust as he recapped racing his GRC Fiesta ST on a dragstrip for the first time. “As I was hitting the rev limiter, I could already hear Roy laughing.”
The Cobra Jet has dominated the NHRA’s Factory Stock Showdown since the race’s inception two years ago. The GRC Fiesta ST has won three consecutive GRC Championships in 2011-2013 and has been on the X Games podium around the world, from the US to Germany.
All-wheel-drive versus rear-wheel-drive. Ample displacement versus small displacement and more boost. Cunning maneuverability versus Pure Muscle.
The race was closer than you’d think.