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Joe Clutch
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From: Austin, Texas . . . . M&M Member #352
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 05-29-2003 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Clutch   Click Here to Email Joe Clutch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I was driving along in my normal fashion on a 70 MPH road with my windows up and AC on, I passed a 2002-2003 (it had a "hood scoop" so I'm guessing the year)GT on the highway. It was a kid about 17 years old with 2-3 of his little brothers (I guess) in the car, windows down.

I get about 100 yards ahead, and he pulls up (his brothers egged him on, no doubt). So we both go to 4th and gas it. I was taking him anyway, but I turned the AC off, just to be sure. I smoked him -- not by much, but enough to be proud before traffic slowed us down. Only lasted like half mile or so, but I was slowly pulling away the whole time.

What was his problem, the extra 200 pounds (max) in the car or the drag from the open windows?

Do the 02/03s not have increased power over the 00s like the 00s have over the 99s?

Of course I had it floored.

It was too easy........

00 GT
K&N
synthetic oil
period.

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rockafellz
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From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
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posted 05-29-2003 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe he was in high gear?

Thumbs up on the win but freeway races suck!! I've done it when I was younger and it's only a matter of time until you're at 110mph+ and a sudden traffic jam appears up ahead. I've also done the swerve in and out of traffic at 95-110mph with the other guy doing the same thing and the other cars doing only 70mph. I will never do it again.

Erik

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N266fords
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From: Spokane ,WA USA
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posted 05-29-2003 01:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
maybe he does not know how to drive...its not only the car but more often than not its the driver..Bruce

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GTRocks
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posted 05-30-2003 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't think there was a difference from '99-'03 on the GT hp rating? Hood scoop doesn't necessarily mean GT. You can get a GT appearance package (SCOOP) on the V6. I know someone that has one of those. Not positive but I think all GT's post-'99 are rated at 260hp.

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Joe Clutch
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From: Austin, Texas . . . . M&M Member #352
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 05-30-2003 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Clutch   Click Here to Email Joe Clutch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rockafellz:
Maybe he was in high gear?

Thumbs up on the win but freeway races suck!! I've done it when I was younger and it's only a matter of time until you're at 110mph+ and a sudden traffic jam appears up ahead. I've also done the swerve in and out of traffic at 95-110mph with the other guy doing the same thing and the other cars doing only 70mph. I will never do it again.

Erik


Relax, Erik. Not much of a race, really. It was simply drop to 4th & slam it for about 5-6 seconds, run up to around 5 grand, & let off (probably more like 1/8 than 1/2 mile, as I was way below 100 mph). That road has wide open spaces, good visibility, and light traffic.

If he had stayed in 5th I'd have left him way easier. So I don't think that's it. Consider gassing it at 3000 rpm as opposed to 2000.

I NEVER swerve in & out, and in fact I avoid driving in the city like the plague because that's how they drive there. They are willing to kill you for a car length, I guess. Fortunately I don't live or work in the city.

GTRocks: It was a GT. It was a GT from the pipes, the sound, the GT badges, and the acceleration (would a v6 have had any chance at all?). The scoop simply identified it to me as a ~2002.

Bruce: Nothing much to it -- just pedal to the floor, steer straight.

Oh well, no BFD, just curious if having the windows open would create that much drag or whatever. :/ Just something to think about -- I get bored driving an hour to, and an hour from work every day (for 3 years in this car).

-j

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