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I have been challenged for some apparent reason to race some kid with a 1994 celica. he has the 2.2L 135hp engine. I have a slightly modified vulcan, estimated at 150hp. any thoughts on who will win before i accept. But so far my money is on the celica. Bull Pride
 

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sounds like it would be a close race,i wouldnt go putting titles on the line though,lol. now if it were a newer year i'd tell ya to watch out. my buddy has a 2001 celica gt and that thing was quick new. he modded the hell out of it and its a damn rocket.
 

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Go ahead and do it; you never know. If you loose, there's no surprise that a "sports car" can beat out a "family car" in a race. But if you do win, you get some respect from everyone around you
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BTW, becareful when you do any kind of street racing. I don't really like to promote or condone this sort of thing (espcially on roads that are frequented by other drivers), but if you are going to do it, please take the necessary precautions and minimize the stupidity
 

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I have to chuckle when I see posts discussing drag races between such stuff as tauruses, rice burners, etc. I'm old enough to remember and to have participated in drag races with GTO's, Chevelles, mustangs (70's versions), corvettes, etc. Now, those were some real tire burning, screeching, mind numbing races. I can't even imagine a drag race wit a taurus............against anything...
 

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Originally posted by wkohler@Jan 30 2004, 06:07 PM
I have to chuckle when I see posts discussing drag races between such stuff as tauruses, rice burners, etc. I'm old enough to remember and to have participated in drag races with GTO's, Chevelles, mustangs (70's versions), corvettes, etc. Now, those were some real tire burning, screeching, mind numbing races. I can't even imagine a drag race wit a taurus............against anything...
That's just because you haven't witnessed the fury of these 16 seconds beasts.
 

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Originally posted by wkohler@Jan 30 2004, 06:07 PM
I have to chuckle when I see posts discussing drag races between such stuff as tauruses, rice burners, etc. I'm old enough to remember and to have participated in drag races with GTO's, Chevelles, mustangs (70's versions), corvettes, etc. Now, those were some real tire burning, screeching, mind numbing races. I can't even imagine a drag race wit a taurus............against anything...
just the sound of american muscle is heart stopping.
 

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Yeah, nothing like the sound of a V8......and no catalytic converters. We used to pull in a empty lot, jack the back end up (anyone remember rear wheel drive) put on the slicks and go at it. Gasoline was about 35 - 40 cents a gallon for "high test" (remember 93/94 octane?)
 

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My Duratec kills my friends '01 Celica GT...With your vulcan against an older model you should be able to take him, and if you are going for high speeds make sure you've got a nice clean air fliter...it sounds lame but when i have dirty filters in both the duratec and the '98 or '93 vulcan, they get pissy at high speeds...make sure your tires are set right, check your oil...be safe, been to many accidents on here and here near home...
 

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well guys the race went according as planned, no nobody video tapped it, to me thats just evidence, lol. i won, but barely, he had me off the line but once i got up around 4,000 rpm i started to take him over, after that i slowly kept on creeping past him. so it wasn't a slaughter or anything.
 

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At the end, he just had more horsepower, and you have to win races where you have significantly more HP if they are long enough. Pushrod is good at start, but Taurus is too heavy to take advantage of that.

I think Essex -based Taurus is fastest off line, because much more torque on low rpms than any 3.0.
 

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Originally posted by mikehawk@Jan 31 2004, 07:40 PM
Heh, that's weird. A DOHC 4 cylinder got you off the line, but your pushrod v6 took him on the top end.
Yea, I raced a sunfire the other day, and off the line it got as far as two car lengths, but after the shift into 3rd, the taurus quickly caught up and passed. Im assuming its the weight difference that gives these smaller cars the advantage off the line?
 

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That's just weird and a**-backwards. I have a duratec which I've dubbed the "torqueless wonder", and I can't remember ever losing ground off the line when racing 4-bangers. Maybe it's your reaction time that's forcing you to play catch up. Or maybe it's the gear ratios. Who knows.
 
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Originally posted by DeltarMN@Feb 1 2004, 01:52 AM
Yeah, Im with you mikehawk. Only thing I would think of makeing you lose ground at first is if your just haveing crappy traction off the line.
yup - my vulcan seems to jump off the line really well
 

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Since we're on the subject, a stock Taurus has a limited field of cars it can win against. I have a 2001 SE with the stock engine and it puts out 155bhp. I raced a friend of mine in his 2000 Chevy Cavalier, also stock, and beat him. I wouldn't suggest going up against anything more than a Cavalier, unless you have mods.
 

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I dunno what the deal is then. The exact way the race went, light turns green, my car jumped ahead and then I was immediately passed. After the sunfire got about 1 1/2-2 carlengths ahead, the Taurus evened out and QUICKLY caught up and passed the sunfire, but it left me confused lol. I did brake torque, but I'm kinda conservative when I do that because I don't have a tach to see how high I'm reving. It could have been traction, but I didn't feel a loss in traction at launch.
 
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