Twin-Turbo Mustang Driver Would Rather Blow His Engine than Lose to a Tesla P85D

We’ve seen tons of videos that show the Tesla Model S battling it out with performance internal combustion engine machines, all in the quest to showcase the EV’s speeding abilities. Well, this isn’t one of those clips.
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Instead, we are dealing with a piece of footage that brings us an extreme twin-turbo Mustang, driven by a guy we suspect belongs to a group of gas rebels who won’t take electricity for an answer.

The ‘Stang in question is a Fox Body powered by a twin-turbo V8. The action took place on the Wilkesboro Dragstrip in North Carolina and, as we said, the Ford driver was prepared to risk everything in his quest to beat the Tesla.

When it came down to dialing down the engine setup due to the risk of blowing the engine, the guy didn’t want to hear about it. Despite the engine sounding like it was running lean, the driver ignored the exhaust popping and kept mashing the throttle.

The details of the race

The two machines battled it out using 1/8-mile runs and we have to remind you that while the Mustang relied on its fat drag radials, the Tesla has the all-wheel-drive advantage, a key asset when it comes to drag racing on such a short distance.

Thankfully, the Ford Mustang didn’t blow its motor. And while we usually don’t like throwing massive spoilers at you, we have to mention the Fox Body managed to show the Tesla its rear end in the racing process.

In fact, the driver managed to get the engine tweaked later in the day and even pulled a 6.31s run at 114mph. For all you wondering how this would translate into a quarter mile time, you should know this is a Mustang that, in theory, can run high 9s passes.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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