Mustang GT Battles Traction Troubles, Still Beats Challenger R/T
Mustang GT would be a whole lot quicker with some better tires and a better launch.
The video above comes to us from the Wheels YouTube channel and it features a trio of quarter mile drag races between a 2017 Ford Mustang GT and a pre-2015 Dodge Challenger R/T. Each of these races show the importance of a good set of tires and a good launch, while also showing how a big power-to-weight ratio advantage can allow a racer to overcome a bad launch on crappy tires.
While we don’t have any details on either of these American muscle cars, they both appear to be relatively stock. In stock form, the 2017 GT packs 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque from the 5.0-liter V8 while the Challenger offers 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, so the Mustang has a big advantage in power. The Challenger also weighs a few hundred pounds more than the Mustang, so not only is the Dodge at a big disadvantage in weight, but it is also way behind in power-to-weight ratio.
On paper, the Mustang GT should destroy the Challenger R/T, but the numbers don’t always tell the story once the cars hit the track.
The video shows three runs between the Mustang GT and the Challenger and the first run goes how you would expect, with the Ford jumping out to a lead at the line and never looking back. On this first pass, the Mustang wins with a 13.00 at 110 miles per hour while the Challenger runs a 14.55 at 98 miles per hour.
On the second run, the Mustang GT struggles with traction on the launch, giving the Challenger a hefty head start, but the Ford comes from behind for the win. On this run, the GT wins with a 14.35 at 108 miles per hour while the R/T runs a 14.30 at 97.
Finally, on the last run, the Ford spins a ton at the line and the Challenger gets out to a huge lead. It looks like this lead will be too much to overcome, but once again, the 5.0-powered Ford comes from behind to take the win. On this pass, the Mustang runs a 14.08 at 110 miles per hour to the Dodge’s 14.33 at 97 miles per hour.
With better tires or a better driver, the Ford Mustang GT will turn much better times, but with the advantage in both power and weight, the Challenger needs more than a big head start to win the race.