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1996 Impala SS vs 1994 Trans Am

I have 2 members in my family that owns these vehicles. One owns a 96 SS and the other a 94 T/A with six speed. Both have been doing heavy trash talking for about a month, which has led to a challenge between the two at our local track. I have made my endorsement for the SS to win the race but i wanted to see a poll for you guys. Here are the specs:

SS: Stock 3.08 gears, 52 mm throttle body with air foil, Cold air intake, Generation II Tri-Y headers, full flowmaster exhaust with H pipe, Lowered, PCM tune, MSD 8.5 mm wires, TB bypass, and a babied 115xxx mile LT1.

Trans Am: Stock LT1, 6 Speed with 3.42 gears, tune up, true duals with Flowmaster 10 series out back. All else Stock including PCM

I have bet on the SS owner. As long as he can get a good take off, or if he is second off the line and can run down the T/A shortly after, i believe he wins this race by 0.5 to 1.5 car lengths if not more. The lack of gears IMO is made up for with the headers and his full exhaust system.

Mechanically for the trans am, dude has a 6 speed with standard 3.42 gears that could possibly work in his favor via take off. I think his ego will cost him, plus the abilities to work the 6 speed and his inexperience with racing one, this doesnt look promising for the fella.

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It also depends on the drivers skills, weights, and reaction time, plus the cars weight.

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SS with the owner inside is around 4450 lbs

Trans Am with owner about 3500 lbs

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Im looking at the SS to put out some wicked torque though to make up the weight differences.

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Damn almost 1k LB that's a big difference in weight but i'll go for SS cause I believe in the SS, LOL.

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Oh man... this one is tough. I'd have to go with the TA, except you said the guy doesn't have experience racing with a Manual. You said it is a six speed though and is a lot lighter. If he can make the shifts the T/A has my vote.

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I have to go with the trans am, as much as I hate to. That's a huge weight difference. It will be a good race though.
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Wow, i cant say im suprised to see a 3-2 vote trans am over the SS. I cant wait for this race to happen.

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Another spec for the trans am being Stock is its only rated at 275 hp compared to a Stock SS at 260. Mind you the SS owner has got at least 50+ hp added on his car via mods. You guys still think the Trans Am is gonna take the win??? As long as my SS guy can stay focused, i really believe he gets the job done easily...

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i would make each driver race each car once....
if it's side by side that's a total of 2 races...

94 motor, it has more HP less or same TQ; F-body cam vs. b-body cam....not to mention weight advantage.

would be awesome braggin rights for the SS owner, if he came out on top.

let us know how it turns out.
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Based on the guy with the T/A has no experiance racing and his car is literally dead stock, I'd give the win to the Imp. That's what's nice about automatics, just so long as you get a good launch, you don't really need to think about shifting. Keep your foot hard on the pedal. Son, never mind them brakes. Let it all hang out 'cause we got a run to make.

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I like the side by side idea, but it will never work. Ya think the guy who owns the TA and is driving the SS in the second race is really going to try his hardest to win? And vice versa?

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Crime Scene, can you video it for us? I want to see this, no matter the outcome.

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SS will win eventually, if it doesn't right away. It's hard to launch a manual car in the first place, especially someone who doesn't have experience with it before. If he launches at too high an RPM the SS will get an off the line gap that's too long to catch up from for a STOCK T/A. If it's too low it might bog a little but will be closer. Hopefully we'll see the results soon

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I agree, the race will be won or lost on the launch... for either car.

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