Scion FR-S with Ferrari V8 Swap Races 670-HP Mustang SVT Cobra

There’s not a world in which a stock Scion FR-S could beat a factory Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, but that’s probably not the case when both cars are modified. The aftermarket scene offers so many options for both cars that it’s very hard to predict which one will win until you know all the mods and numbers. In the case of this video, however, it’s basically impossible to say which car is faster because they’re both heavily modified.

The Hoonigan channel on Youtube features two vehicles that were built for speed and doughnuts. One is a modified Ford Mustang SVT Cobra and the other is a Scion FR-S with a stock Ferrari V8 engine. There are some major differences between the power and weight figures of these two cars, so let’s first look at what’s going on under the hood.

The red Mustang SVT Cobra has a massive 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger powering the 4.6-liter V8 engine. In stock form, this mill generates 390 horsepower (291 kilowatts) but this one is currently rated at 670 hp (493 kW). A six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear axle. The curb weight of the car is 3,600 pounds (1,633 kilograms).

Opposite is a 2013 model year Scion FR-S Chameleon. The factory 2.0-litre boxer engine under the hood has been replaced with a Ferrari-sourced 4.2-litre V8, paired in this case to a six-speed manual gearbox. Output from this powertrain is 420 hp (309 kW), but the vehicle is significantly lighter than the Mustang at 2,750 lb (1,247 kg).

These are obviously not cars made for drag racing – especially the Scion. Basically, that means the Scion and Mustang will struggle to find traction with so much power and lopsided weight distribution. Does more power necessarily mean victory in this drag race? All we can say is that the race isn’t as close as expected, but it’s still a lot of fun.