Not that I have any desire to race, but my sisters fiance has an '01 or '02 (can't remember exactly) Pontiac Grand Prix GT. He loves my Special and wonders if he could take me in a drag race. I'd say I should be able to win...having nearly 65 more HP (added 8 HP to base 255 with FIPK) to his 200 HP. However, my 300 weighs 200 lbs. more and seems to lack a bit off the line.
Just in theory, what is your opinion? I may one day get him out at night on some open road and give it a go for the fun of it. However, he is the personality type that likes to rub it in when and not let it go when you're wrong or you lose, so I'd rather not even let the chance present itself.
Other than my FIPK, neither car has any performance mods so it would pretty much be stock against stock. A little trash talking is fun, but it also helps to know you can back it up on the field too!
My mom has a 2000 GP GT.
I've driven it many times, and of course, I've driven my car many times.
Despite the fact that my ES is a 3.5 Non-HO, I am fairly confident that I could pull off the win in a drag race with it.
My car feels a lot stronger off the line than the GT does. The only thing that 3.8 seems to be good for is roasting the tires, but my 3.5 does that pretty nicely as well.
Now if we were speaking of a GTP, then it would be a different story.
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Yeah, forget trying to go up against the GTP. So, even with all the power loss to the wheels that these big LHs suffer, I might still be at an advantage? How can you get more raw HP to the wheels? Any easy mods?
Stock 1/4 mile times:
Chrysler LH Vehicle 3.5L HO = 15.7 to 15.9ish
GM previous gen Grand Prix GT 3.8L = 16.6ish (some will claim faster, but I've seen about 5 GT's race the EXACT same times at the track I was at)
I've beaten a few Bonneville SSEI's and a supercharged 3.8L Buick Riviera. I've heard GTP's are lighter though. The Riviera races were very tight........I only beat him by a car length each time.
The cars are close enough in capability that you could either win or lose depending upon driver reaction time, individual car condition, and skill level. The fisrt two are obvious, but think that just because your car is an automatic that your skill level isn't very important. You could easily lose a second if you don't know how to launch correctly. You also can't discount luck.
Slower cars win races all the time. Many years ago, during my misspent youth, I regularly took money from guys with faster cars than me. Funny how a yard or two on the line can really rattle someone. Even better if all his buddies are watching.
I wouldn't bother racing for bragging rights. If you want to do it, tell this guy you'll race him heads up for $500 at a track with timing equipment. He'll probably never bring it up again.