When it comes to drag racing, or any kind of racing really, there are only so many factors builders and drivers can control. Temperature, elevation, and of course the track surface can all have detrimental effects on your car’s performance down the drag strip, and a particularly poorly-prepped surface can result in a serious accident.
Thankfully for these two racers, the unprepped drag surface at the recent King of the Street Summer Race wasn’t enough to wipe them out. Things did get a little hairy there though, as this video from 1320 Videos shows. It took some good driving and quick thinking, along with a pull of the emergency parachute, to get these two cars down the track in one piece.
This was a classic battle of the third-gen muscle cars, with a twin-turbo Fox-body Mustang facing off against a 1985 Camaro with a nitrous setup. The 427 is backed up by twin 84 mm turbochargers in the Fox-body, and made about 1,000 horsepower on the dyno running just 10 pounds of boost. Meanwhile the Camaro has a 350-shot of nitrous behind that huge engine, making around 950 horsepower. Fearsome!
Fearsome, and perhaps too much power for an unprepped track. Both cars get squirrelly around the same time, dancing to and fro across the slippery surface. The Camaro driver even pulls his chute to try and save his car, and thankfully neither ride gets wrecked. But that was a close call if we ever saw it, and it definitely came down to the track surface. Things like that matter!