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Racing takes on many forms in the automotive world. There are sanctioned events that are as varied and diverse as NASCAR, Formula One, Global Rallycross and drag racing, and to be good enough to win competitively in one discipline, you need to have a specialized vehicle. Or do you?

Ford decided to find out what would happen when its Global Rallycross Fiesta ST, driven by Tanner Foust, lined up against its Mustang Cobra Jet drag racer, driven by Roy Hill. In one lane, Tanner has just 2.0 liters of displacement to work with, while Roy has more than double that, at 5.0 liters. Evening the playing field a bit, Tanner has a massive turbocharger and all-wheel drive; Roy has to filter all his supercharged power through the rear wheels only.

So, who wins? We suggest you see for yourself in the press release and video below. And we're holding out hope that Tanner's challenge at the end results in another video from Ford Racing...
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COBRA JET VERSUS GRC FIESTA ST ON THE zMAX DRAGWAY

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 31, 2013 - On one side, you have a 2013 Cobra Jet – a 5.0L V8 powerplant with a Ford Racing-built Whipple 2.9L Supercharger. On the other is a Ford Fiesta ST Competition Car – a 2.0L, 550+ horsepower engine with an OMSE gearbox with custom ratios.

For fun, we took one of each to zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with drivers Roy Hill and Tanner Foust, just to see how the two would compare on the quarter-mile.

"I hit sixth gear before I was even halfway down the track," said Foust as he recapped racing his GRC Fiesta ST on a dragstrip for the first time. "As I was hitting the rev limiter, I could already hear Roy laughing."

The Cobra Jet has dominated the NHRA's Factory Stock Showdown since the race's inception two years ago. The GRC Fiesta ST has won three consecutive GRC Championships in 2011-2013 and has been on the X Games podium around the world, from the US to Germany.

All-wheel-drive versus rear-wheel-drive. Ample displacement versus small displacement and more boost. Cunning maneuverability versus Pure Muscle.

The race was closer than you'd think.


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      Cursethedawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can see a way for the Mustang to shed more weight......
      AlfieR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Regardless of any opinions, kudos to ford for making this happen, now if onnnnlyyy we got a 4wd fiesta st... heh we can dream
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlfieR
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      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Imagine the numbers without that huge belly!
        Jarda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jarda
        that said i'm impressed with that guy's R/T
      oRenj9
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford - No matter what your tastes, we have a badass car for you.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @oRenj9
        Neither of which are street legal....
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AcidTonic
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          dearest rat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Why hate on Ford for promoting their own products? There are teams/series that run FWD Fiesta rally cars. Off the top of my head, there's not many subcompacts on the market offering AWD, save for Suzuki? Subaru has been doing quite well for themselves lately, and Mitsubishi is giving away their market share because of their lackluster product offering. I hope the WRX doesn't get softer as Fuji Heavy increasingly caters to the mainstream...
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @oRenj9
        You could get real close, anyone can remove the interiors. Ford Racing sells the supercharger used on the Cobra Jet and ripping out the Fiesta motor and building it and slapping a larger turbo on it sounds like a fun weekend project. The only tricky part is that AWD bit and the sequential transmission if you really want it.
      beefchow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Impressive gut on that guy.
        Zeal of Sparta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @beefchow
        Some guys are proud of their 6-packs. This guy however has brought a full keg to the party.
        Arturo Rios Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @beefchow
        He has a beer I mean gut that any beer drinker would be proud.
      frostillicus80
      • 1 Year Ago
      It\'s obviously set up so one has a huge advantage over the other, which is of course why Faust issued his \"challenge\". Still, it is fun to watch, and both gentlemen seem to be good sports with good humor. It\'s just meant to be fun for everyone. You guys really need to stop overanalyzing everything, and crying foul so much. Do we really need to call the wah-mbulance?
      Bruce Schug
      • 1 Year Ago
      Roy's looking pretty athletic these days.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Power winders" LOL
      Ron Rowe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spoiler Alert: The Ford won
      prince_david
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe silly but what a fun video. Go Ford!
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @prince_david
        A lot better than car vs plane or train or boat or whatever.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      That was great. Both cars are amazing and the friendly trash talking was nice.
      threefortyduster
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol, Tanner couldn't even catch the parachute. The Fiesta ran about what I figured it would, a 10 second car is a serious car no matter what you think.
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