Supercharged Vs Twin-Turbo: Which Ford Mustang GT Is Faster?

This 1,900+ horsepower drag race between two Ford Mustangs solutions an essential query: Supercharged or twin-turbocharged?

by Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 05: 02

Whereas drag races are often nothing greater than plain enjoyable, this one solutions an essential query: Which is the higher route for high-horsepower figures? Supercharged or twin-turbocharged? YouTube channel, Formally Gassed, solutions the query by bringing two Ford Mustang GTs that make related energy with two very totally different setups, based mostly on the 5.0-liter V-8.

Supercharged Ford Mustang GT

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The supercharged construct is predicated on a pre-facelift, S550 Ford Mustang GT. It’s additionally the extra highly effective of the 2 automobiles, with 980 horsepower and 730 pound-feet (990 Nm). Modifications embrace a Stage 6 Whipple supercharger, dual-pass cost cooler, billet timing chain tensioner, crank-gear, arms, and oil pump, methanol injection, and a Torsen differential with 3.31 gears.

Energy goes to the rear by a six-speed handbook transmission. The Mustang GT ideas the scales at 3,637 kilos (1,650 kg). When it comes to rubber, the “Stang” sits on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S road tires.

Twin-turbo Ford Mustang GT

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We’ve got talked about this automobile earlier than because it isthe first twin-turbocharged Ford Mustang, within the U.Okay.. It might have “solely” 950 horsepower however has a bit extra torque than the supercharged automobile – 800 pound-feet (1,084 Nm). Modifications embrace a Hellion twin-turbo equipment, together with two, 62mm Precision turbochargers.

The dual-turbo Mustang GT options the identical supporting mods because the supercharged one and provides an upgraded intercooler. Nevertheless, it doesn’t have methanol injection. It has an similar curb weight of 3,637 kilos (1,650 kg) and likewise has a six-speed handbook. Nevertheless, this one has 3.55 gears.

Quarter-mile and 0 to 60 mph occasions

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Aside from the kind of compelled induction, each automobiles are fairly related. Right here’s the way it interprets on the tarmac. Tom, the motive force of the twin-turbo automobile, goes first and depends on gently feeding the ability, off the road. Sadly, it leads to a not-so-impressive 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 5.35 seconds. Ben, the proprietor of the supercharged Mustangs is extra aggressive off the road and manages a 4.91-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) run.

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By now, it’s clear that sending a lot energy to the rear is not any simple activity. With this in thoughts, right here’s what the quarter-mile occasions have been. The supercharged automobile goes first and manages a 12.56-second quarter-mile time at 128.84 mph (207.34 km/h). The dual-turbo Mustang, as soon as once more, fell in need of expectations, with a quarter-mile time of 12.88 seconds at 122.4 mph (196.98 km/h). Thus far, the supercharged automobile proves to be the higher route for high-horsepower builds, however the drag and roll races could naked totally different outcomes.

The Drag race

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For no matter cause (in all probability, to maintain the gearbox in a single piece), neither of the automobiles executed an aggressive launch. Nevertheless, there was a transparent winner after simply two races – the supercharged Mustang beat the twin-turbo one by two automobiles within the first race, and by one and a half automobiles within the second. Whereas the supercharged automobile couldn’t draw back, it was sufficient to maintain the twin-turbo Mustang in second place.

The roll race

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A rolling race would give the twin-turbocharged Mustang a bonus. It simply so occurs that the supercharged automobile spun its wheels whereas shifting between gears, permitting the extra torquey, twin-turbo automobile to drag forward and win the race, by three automobile lengths. Apparently sufficient, the second race was received by the supercharged automobile, even when by lower than a automobile size. The decisive, third race was, as soon as once more, received by the supercharged automobile, which pulled on the twin-turbo Mustang, by about two automobile lengths.


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It’s at all times attention-grabbing when the much less high-tech technique bears higher outcomes. The supercharger has extra inherent flaws than the turbocharger and, on this case, has much less torque. Nevertheless, the winner on this Mustang on Mustang battle is the automobile with a extra responsive engine and extra linear torque and energy band. Sadly, whereas each builds have their execs and cons, there can solely be one winner.

Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

Born in 1992, I come from a household of motoring lovers. My ardour for automobiles was awoken on the age of six, after I noticed a Lamborghini Diablo SV in {a magazine}. After highschool I earned a grasp’s diploma in advertising and a Grasp of Arts in Media and Communications. Through the years, I’ve practiced and grow to be expert in precision driving and so far have take a look at pushed greater than 250 automobiles throughout the globe. Through the years, I’ve picked up primary mechanical data and have even taken half within the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Kind and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash. Currently, I’ve taken a flowery to automotive images, and whereas fashionable automobiles are my major ardour, I even have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, battle historical past, craft beer, historic weapons, and automobile restoration. In time, I plan my very own basic automobile restoration and hope to earn my racing certificates, after which I anticipate to ascertain my very own racing group.  Learn full bio

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