Have you ever watched a Global RallyCross race and wondered how fast those all wheel drive compact race cars are compared to some of the better known performance cars? If so, you are in luck as Ford Racing issued up a video this morning showing Tanner Foust in his Rockstar Energy Drink Fiesta GRC Supercar on the quarter mile against a 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet driven by NHRA legend and drag racing instructor Roy Hill.
The Mustang Cobra Jet is a purpose built drag racer that is stripped of everything inside that it doesn’t need to go fast in a straight line with a specially prepared transmission and rear differential helping to put down every bit of power made by the supercharged 5.0L V8 under the hood. Tanner Foust’s Global RallyCross Ford Fiesta race car is powered by a 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine mated to an automated transmission and a full time four wheel drive system which - when fitted in the 2,800lb rally car – is capable of dashing from 0-60 in just 1.9 seconds.
The Fiesta rally car has the weight advantage along with all wheel drive for supreme traction on any surface while the Mustang Cobra Jet has the advantage of being built specifically for drag racing. In the end, the super steep gears in Foust’s rally car helped him get away from the starting line in a hurry but at the top end of the track, the turbocharged Fiesta rally car ran out of gearing while the mighty Mustang Cobra Jet just kept on pulling. In the end, Roy Hill ran a stunning 8.99 at 152.24 miles per hour while the offroad ready Fiesta ran a 10.59 at 127.88 miles per hour. Even though the Fiesta lost, the fact that this 4-cylinder powered rally car ran run mid 10s with gearing concerns is mighty impressive and most importantly, this video shows just how fast the Global RallyCross Ford Fiesta race cars are in a non-rally venue.