The GTO only has 2 problems IMHO, bland exterior styling and GM. Well it's a
Holden so maybe the GM thing isn't that much of a problem. There were a few
discrepancies in their testing which put the GTO ahead, but I think it would
have been a tied score with the same conclusion anyway.
The Cobra trans got a 15 and the GTO a 20, that's funny, it's the same
gearbox with different gearing. The 1/4 time for the Cobra was also suspect,
11.x to 100 but only 13.1@107 in the 1/4? A good driver should run a high
12.x@110 all night long, I've never been to the track and know I could run a
low 13 my first time. And another thing, the blower whine is not negative!
Adding a CAI makes it louder and frees up 20-30 horses. The exhaust is also
corked, replacing the cat-back frees up another 10-20 horses, both for under
My neighbor is thinking about getting one, the sales man told him it was
faster than the Cobra, ha hehe! I set him straight, the sales droid was
confused since the Mach and GTO have similar performance.
all night long, I've never been to the track and know I could run
A lot of people think this sort of thing. Usually they are surprised
their first few times at the track about what they run. Reguardless of
It takes practice to leave the line properly for decent 60 foot times.
It takes a while to figure out the best launching RPM. Heck it takes most
people a few trips thru just to learn how not to red light. You aught to go
to a track and gfive it a try. If nothing else, you will know what your car
I think I can launch pretty good from just fooling around on an empty back
road. If I can get good traction there, a few runs on a good track should be
all I need to hone my skills. I wanted to go this saturday morning to a
private event at MIR, but I'm not going to be able to make it. I still think
Road & Track used a low 1/4 time for the Cobra and a high one for the GTO.
I don't read many magizines that I have to purchase (I let other people
buy them, then read them when they are 6 months to a year old for free). I
might have to purchase the Road & Track to see how things look.
Mesing around on the street might make you think your ready, untill
you get your time slips. You might find you get your best runs, with the
best 60 foot times starting off at RPM's you wouldn't think would be good
What could they possibly gain by skewing the numbers?
It's all relative to them, plus they've always been more of a Mopar magazine
if you read them in the 60's, 70's and some of the 80's like I did.
leaving the Christmas tree, is nothing like playing in the back alleys.
Reaction time is what makes you a "BOY" or a man at the tree!
all night long, I've never been to the track and know I
but they couldn't give an infinitesimal fuck:
whether the GTO or the Cobra came out on top!
To them, they want to represent the car, I think you are just a little
afraid of what lurks at the next red light?
Don't fear, the GTO owners are most likely in an older age group, who don't
street race anymore!
To make time, if you sleep at the light, you lose time. If you smoke the
sneakers, you lose time and MPH!
Where may I ask did you get this information from:
for someone who never ran at the track?
Soon as it's green, tick, tock, tick, tock! You know what you have?
Obviously a teenager fixated that he has the fastest car made, until someone
pulls up to you in what appears to be a shitbox on wheels. then commences to
wipe your ass for a few hundred dollars on the local four lane, used as a
Thinking you know what you have, until you are an experienced and
"CONSISTENT' driver in that vehicle. means shit! until you ran it, become a
consistent driver and then you know what you have.
Plus, there is the freak factor, where every once in a while. You get a car
off of the assembly line, where everything went just right, and the car is
an animal beyond belief.
Nope, I'll say it again, RT has nothing to do with 1/4 time or speed. The
1st beam = Pre-stage, 2nd beam = Staged, 3rd beam = RT clock stop & 1/4 time
start. Just beacuse I've never raced doesn't mean I don't watch the sport.
Teen, I wish...
I can back you up. Not a seasoned veteran by any means, but I've hit enough
test + tune nights to know that as long as you don't move, the ET clock
doesn't either. The RT clock just piles up. You can sit on the line for 15
seconds and run a 13-second ET.
My biggest problem was, in my '97 Cobra, that I thought I had the launches
down just trying out highway onramps. What I found at the drag strip was
nothing like the conditions on the street, and in street trim, the car
wouldn't hook to save its life. I had to baby it out of the hole at
1200RPM, feathering the throttle the whole way. Had to grannyshift second
to avoid going sideways. That all worked out after getting some drag
So... if you're thinking of taking that fine machine to the dragstrip...
just be prepared for something not quite street-like. It might bite off the
line, or it might spin all day. Just be prepared. I was almost honorary
guardrail club member, and I'd owned the car three whole days! :-)
maybe even learn to shift without pushing the clutch to the floor?
Maybe even better, making it through without missing a gear in one pass?
all night long, I've never been to the track and know I could
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