Ray Skillman Ford decided to act on one question that Mustang enthusiasts all over have been wondering. Which car would perform better on the drag strip, the Shelby GT500 or the brand-new Roush Stage 3 Aluminator?
On one side you have the almighty Shelby GT500, a high-performance 5.8L beast equipped with 662hp and 631 lb-ft of torque straight out of the factory. In the other corner you have the 2014 Roush Stage 3 enhanced with the Aluminator 5.0L Phase 3 optional package capable of 575hp and 505 lb-ft of torque.
Drivers Bill and Drew Skillman, NHRA racers, are racing these two head-to-head to see how these two perform against each other.
Traction was in short supply during Race 1 for both cars. The RS3 made a quick jump ahead, but the Shelby wasn’t too far behind pulling ahead for the win. Drew turned off traction control in the Roush Stage 3 during Race 1, which turned out to be a bad choice. The Roush ran a 13.05 and the Shelby grabbed a 12.46 in the quarter-mile. The Shelby conquered Race 1.
During Race 2, traction control was turned back on in the Roush Stage 3 grabbing a pass of 11.72 with the Shelby snagging 12.23 for second place. With traction control enabled, the Roush Stage 3 takes the win for Race 2.
Both cars are at it again for one final pass. The Roush Stage 3 shoots down the strip grabbing an 11.68 second pass with the Shelby right behind grabbing a 12.24 second pass. The win goes to the Roush again.
Keep in mind that this was a fair heads-up race with both cars in the same track and environment, same street tires, same weather, and two out of three times the Stage 3 Aluminator Phase 3 conquered the Shelby during the quarter-mile.