autoevolution
 

Stick Shift Supercharged Mustang Drags Turbo Honda Civic Hatch, Surprisingly Loses

Logic tells us that a little fifth-generation Honda Civic hatchback shouldn’t be able to beat the mighty fifth-generation Ford Mustang. But since they’re already on equal terms as far as iterations are concerned, who knows?
Stick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACS 17 photos
Photo: Drag Racing and Car Stuff / YouTube
Stick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACSStick Shift Roush Supercharged Ford Mustang drags turbo Honda Civic on DRACS
Again, following the normal line of thought still wouldn’t yield victory to Honda’s compact icon. It may be smaller, nimbler, and lighter, but in stock form, it still should not stand a chance. After all, the S197-II Mustang is much newer in this dragstrip case. But once you factor in the desire for quarter-mile victory, it’s only normal to imagine that all bets are off.

Besides, these two knights in aftermarket armor of the seemingly eternal FWD vs. RWD and America vs. Import wars are far from being stock. As far as the Mustang is concerned, because the owner actually chipped in with a few after-race thoughts on the video embedded below, we now have a bit more background. So, the blue ‘Stang is a stick-shift Roush supercharged Blue Oval, equipped with the company’s Gen 1, 2.3-liter unit.

On the other hand, the crimson Honda Civic is a bit more mysterious. Still, judging by its pre-race shenanigans, one can easily assume it’s thoroughly turbocharged and looking to stand out in any quarter-mile crowd. And it does have the chance, once the race kicks off, even if at first the Mustang had a better start.

Surprisingly, the Civic’s driver manages to recover the gap and ultimately secure the bragging rights with a 9.75s pass against Ford’s 10.03s run. All fine and dandy, but it begs a question: did the Mustang driver let off to make sure the track won’t boot him for being too fast (some venues impose certain safety constraints)?

Well, the owner didn’t come back to respond to the subsequent user comment. But as far as we can tell, the brake lights did come up twice for a split second during the race... Anyway, we also know the ‘Stang is only going to get faster, as the driver said he just ordered a VMP Performance 2.65 TVS supercharger!

If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram X (Twitter)
About the author: Aurel Niculescu
Aurel Niculescu profile photo

Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
Full profile

 

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories