When racing is a drag

This guy is looking for “sick mods” for his modest Mustang:

I wasn’t approved for the 18 Mustang EcoBoost, so I got the 16 instead. I feel like my 2014 V6 is faster than my new EcoBoost. I don’t know the terminology mods but I’m sure i can look them up. Any suggestions on how to make my EcoBoost run a faster 0-60 than a 6.8?

Speed costs money, and you have to figure that his finances are somewhat constrained, or else he’d have gotten the loan for the newer model. But the best answer came from this guy:

Nothing that won’t void the 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, and possibly your insurance policy. My little Chevy Bolt (fully electric) does it in 6.3 seconds and costs pennies per mile to operate. Your dinosaur eats my dust and blows a couple bucks out the tailpipe every time you put your foot down hard. Hahahahaha.

Harsh, perhaps, but likely accurate.


  1. McGehee »

    19 November 2018 · 5:50 pm

    There is no practical need for a fast 0-60. When I need a burst of speed I am always already moving, and trying to avoid occupying the same space at the same time as some brain-dead highway texter whose sole source of driving knowledge was the lifetime accumulation of some family member’s bad habits.

    In an occasion like that on a congested road, swerving or hitting the brakes may be less productive than leaping from 70 to 85 in a very short period of time. I have never bought a vehicle that proved unable to give me that when I needed it.

  2. CGHill »

    19 November 2018 · 6:30 pm

    Sandy, my second Mazda (from 2000), was reported in several places to be the slowest midsize sedan from 0-60, period. Like most Mazdas at the time, though, it was about 10 percent lighter than the competition, and the 4-speed automatic, supplied by Ford, would happily hold your gear to just under the redline (6500 rpm). So I never had any trouble getting out of the way. And if I needed a 4-2 downshift in a big hurry, as I often did on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it was suddenly there.

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