Horsepower Wars

Horsepower Wars: Camaro vs. Mustang Track Results After $5K in Upgrades

Mustang HP Wars on Strip

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The folks at Horsepower Wars decided to re-ignite an ages-old duel between the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro in a series of tiered challenges they’ve dubbed the “Pony Wars.”

Though baseline tests hinted that the 2017 Camaro may have the performance edge over the 2017 Mustang, both Pony Wars teams got a $5,000 budget to upgrade their rides as they saw fit.

Want to learn more about how the Pony Wars will be decided? See the guidelines in Episode 1 here. 

After the dyno results in Episode 3, the Camaro still maintained an edge on the spreadsheet, but real-world performance is a whole different ballgame. So the Pony Wars teams packed up their rides and headed to Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Auto Club Dragway to see what 5,000 bucks in bolt-on upgrades look like on the track.

The Mustang and Camaro competed on a road course for lowest lap time, took runs down a quarter-mile dragstrip for lowest ET, and tested brake performance with shortest 60-to-zero stopping distance.

A few smoking tires and scorched brake pads later, the results were in.

If you’ve been following the Pony Wars since Episode 1, it’s fair to say that you’ll probably be shocked to see the leaderboard at the end of Stage 2.


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After $5K in Mods, the Camaro vs. Mustang Battle is Tight


What’s next? In Stage 3, each Pony Wars team will get $15,000 to do some serious internal engine work…and we’ve heard whispers of forced induction coming from at least one of the camps.

We’ll have the results from Stage 3 soon. In the meantime, you can catch previous episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes videos here.

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  1. Slush boxes in a pony car/the factory detunes & delete the good options 4 the life of the slipper box.No track pack on the mustang, who cares about the out come its all about cubic inches,so buy a ls & go straight racing/1/4 mi.

  2. Daniel Wilson says:

    Keep the excellent reports coming Mr. Sakalas. Considering how well the four cam Fords respond to forced induction, those whispers of maybe will surely turn to the familiar loud howling of a Coyote being force fed prodigious quantities of fresh air spiked with 100+ octane unleaded fuel. It’s the great equalizer when there’s a shortage of cubic inches to level the playing field.

    And the beat goes on….

  3. I don’t really care that much about the matches. All I want is to buy my own Mustang.

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