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Old 12-25-2009, 11:47 AM   #31
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Originally posted by Carrera26
So tell me, drag racers, why use the Focus to drag race when there are so many other more appropriate and fast cars out there?

This is one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever read on this site.
Why use the Focus to Drag race?
Simply put,its an affordable platform
Plenty of Mods available
Light weight
And here's the best one:
I would rather Hot Rod a slower Car to be fast than just go buy a Fast Car to race.
Its what modding or Hot rodding is all about.
I take very much pride in smashing Cars that dont expect a Focus to be as quick as it is.
Think of this:
Theres plenty of Mustangs that are Drag Cars....and lots of them started out having similiar stock quarter mile time to what a Focus can do.
You have to mod them to make more power,why not do it with a Focus too?
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:00 PM   #32
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Actually the Focus is a HEAVY platform... a Fox Body 5.0 weighs less than an SVT Focus.

A Focus picks up 5whp from a header... a Fox picks up closer to 30whp

The Focus is a PISS POOR car to choose as a drag car.... now road racing/auto cross is a different story.
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Old 12-25-2009, 04:10 PM   #33
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Actually the Focus is a HEAVY platform... a Fox Body 5.0 weighs less than an SVT Focus.

A Focus picks up 5whp from a header... a Fox picks up closer to 30whp

The Focus is a PISS POOR car to choose as a drag car.... now road racing/auto cross is a different story.
I disagree.
Its funny,when you run quarter mile times for many a stock Mustang:

1964 Ford Mustang (289ci V8 w/4spd) 7.5 15.7
1966 Ford Mustang (289ci V8 Auto) 10.9 17.9
1967 Ford Mustang (390ci V8 w/4spd) 7.4 15.6
1971 Ford Mustang (351ci V8 w/4spd) 5.8 13.8
1973 Ford Mustang 351ci 8.9 16.3
1974 Ford Mustang II 4sp 14.2 18.8
1974 Ford Mustang II Auto 15.6 19.4
1975 Ford Mustang II (302ci V8 w/3spd) 9.6 17.5
1977 Ford Mustang II 302ci 11.3 17.7
1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 5.8 13.8
2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT 5.6 14.1 (MT 01)
1980 Ford Mustang (255ci) 11.8 18.5
1980 Ford Mustang Cobra (225ci) 11.3 18.4
1981 Ford Mustang M81 McLaren (2.3L Turbo) 9.7 17.3
1982 Ford Mustang GT 8.0 N/A
1984 Ford Mustang SVO 7.9 15.8
1985 Ford Mustang GT 6.4 14.9 (C&D, Jan. 85)
1987 Ford Mustang GT 6.4 14.4 (Automobile, April 87)
1988 Ford Mustang GT 6.4 15.0 (MT Jan '88)
1989 Ford Mustang GT 5.0l Manual 6.2 14.8 (MT Jan '89)
1990 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 6.4 14.9
1991 Ford Mustang GT 7.3 15.6
1992 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 6.2 14.8
1993 Ford Mustang Cobra 5.9 14.5
1993 Ford Mustang GT (auto) 8.0 16.1
1994 Ford Mustang Cobra 5.4 14.0
1994 Ford Mustang GT 6.7 15.1
1995 Ford Mustang 3.8 9.9 17.3
1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R 5.2 13.8
1996 Ford Mustang Cobra 5.4 14.0
1998 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT 5.4 14.0
1999 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT 5.4 13.9
1999 Ford Mustang Convertible V6 8.6 16.5
1999 Ford Mustang GT 5.5 14.1
2001 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT 4.8 13.5
2003 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT 4.5 12.9
2004 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT 4.5 12.9
2004 Ford Mustang GT 6.3 14.8
2005 Ford Mustang LX 4.0l 6.9 15.3 (C&D Feb 05)
2005 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L V8 5.1 13.5 (MT Jan 05)
2005 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 5.2 13.8 (MT Apr 05)
2001 Ford Mustang Roush Stage 3 4.3 12.9
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 5.7 13.9
2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (5 Speed) 5.6 13.2 (MT Feb, 2005)

That you can plainly see some of them ain't all that Great....
Yet on any given weekend,You can find someone drag racing a 75 Mustang that originally was a 17 second plus Car.
No one said anything about a "Fox" body Mustang.
Owned a 92 GT and am fully aware of what they are capable of.
But for the owner to get that 75 Stang to a respectable figure.....
Whats the difference between Him modifying his Car or me modifying my 15 second stock ST?
My thought is:
The cost of me to find a decent non abused Mustang and supercharge it,is going to be a lot more than finding a clean ZX3 and supercharging that.
Being closed minded about Hot Rodding any Car is just plain silly.
I have seen a lot of Fast Foci at the Drag strip.
It may not be the ideal candidate,But to me the challenge is half the Fun.
Just plain disagree that the Focus is a "twisties" only Car.
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Old 12-25-2009, 04:29 PM   #34
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There is no right answere, back in the day I had plenty of fun on my Big Wheel, and that was real racing too!
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There is no right answere, back in the day I had plenty of fun on my Big Wheel, and that was real racing too!
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No....the Big Wheel was piss poor for racing.
It was all about the Green Machine!
Well Said,I don't think anyone's going to have a correct or incorrect answer here.
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:12 PM   #36
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Green Machine?
Nah no high speed stability, more of a drifter.

Big Wheel for the win!
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Old 12-26-2009, 02:09 AM   #37
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maybe the op jsut isnt that great a drag racer. idk. i'm pretty good on teh street. but i'm anxious to see what it'll do at teh strip. i might surprise a few people.
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lol? How can it not be real racing, when 2 people are going head to head to see who breaks the traps first or who gets the better time? lol. You have stated a fallacy. And I think some more of us gear heads should be offended. I believe both autoX and Drag are racing. I just prefer drag, cuz id rather have a car that can run low 10s in a quarter than have some pocket rocket mobile that can take a fast turn, lol. To each his own i guess.
I have to agree with this and with doing both drag and road tracks I feel the Focus is good for both

Anyone that thinks drag racing isnt racing should go do a few events to see how challanging it really is , what the OP said about drag racing could also be said about the focus isnt a good road car that it isnt real racing to just go in a circle , its a nuts statement

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Granted some stock Mustangs arent that fast but they are still faster than any stock focus.

You spend a few hundred bucks on a Focus header and pick up MAYBE 5-7whp.. a set of headers on any Foxbody 5.0 is gonna netcloser to 25-30whp.

The Fox Mustang is a lighter car that responds way better to bolt ons, it absolutly gets better traction thats why I said the Fox is a better platform for drag racing than a focus.

I knw several guys that make a lowly 275whp in their Mustangs that run mid 12's.... nothing more than bolt ons and a good set of tires.... it takes 300whp in a focus to get in the 12's... due to no bottom end power and the lack of traction.
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first its drag then its nascar, then its rally......also the focus can be what ever you want it to be as long as you dont expect more then you will get out of it. i would love to out run a Z06 but my ZX3 won't...what it will though it beat the doors off most 4 cyl and V6 stangs and camaros around here. down here there is a local who brackets a 60's model beetle and wins a ton of money because he has the SKILL to run consistent times. So to all, do with yee focuses as you wish and most importantly be safe and have fun!!!
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