The Hoonigans are back with another crazy This vs That racing challenge with the contenders being two very well-known internet automotive personalities.
Corvette fans may recognize Cleetus McFarland who borrowed a friend’s “bald eagles” for this challenge. We were hoping to see his VetteKart project named Leroy or his other Corvette, a C5 named Ruby. Unfortunately, he blew both those cars’ engines at the recent Holley LSFest West held in Las Vegas. Thankfully, his friend offered up a twin-turbo C5 Corvette that makes 850-hp for the challenge.
In the other corner is Travis Pastrana who has thrilled auto fans with the Gymkhana rally cars. For this challenge, he will be driving his 862-hp Subaru WRX STI which has all-wheel drive and weighs 600 pounds less than the C5.
Of course the Hoonigans are all over the all-wheel-drive Subaru with the car being the favorite to win the three planned races. To make it even more interesting, the Subaru needs to complete a jump at the end of the track.
The first race is a quick 1,000-foot sprint race and the Subaru’s AWD puts Travis up in front and he never looks back. In fact, the car got such a quick launch that it was able to sail over the jump and takes the win even before Cleetus makes it to the ramp. Realizing the Subi is too quick for dig racing, the rules are changed to give Cleetus and the C5 Corvette a rolling start to minimize the wheel spin.
For the second race, the rolling start pays dividends as the bald eagles on the C5 Corvette gives Cleetus the win against the Subaru. Travis notes that having the throttle spooled up while waiting for Cleetus caused the WRX to bog at the starting line, so after some further adjustments, the two were ready to go head to head for the final race.
The third and final race was much more competitive and the end result was the Corvette takes the win by a nose, and it was pretty cool to see the Subaru flying in the air next to the grounded Vette at the finish line.
Travis says that drag racing isn’t really his thing and that he needs to be turning instead of driving a straight line as a graphic that reads “foreshadowing” appeared on the screen, there is hope that a rematch could be in the future for both drivers.
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