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Old 08-18-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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Standard vs Automatic Racing

Alright so this has puzzled me and I dont want to listen to anyone but Camaro owners. I have a couple of friends who race really shitty ricers. Im not much into racing as I do have the V6 but I would like to get into modding giving me a little led in the gun for going against Mustang GT's but this is what my friends told me. It would be a waste of money modding an Automatic car because manual transmissions will always have me beat. He states that if I go against the same exact car with a Manual Transmission it will out run me by alot hints why racecar drivers drive stick. He even said his 4 banger prelude would rape me but it was quite the opposite as I took him at a red light 0-60 by 3 car lengths. Give me your opinions on this and if its true I will def sell my auto and get a standard before doing any mods.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:29 PM   #2
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Your friends don't know crap. Almost ALL serious drag racers have automatics. They are more consistent, easier to launch than sticks. My money is on an auto vs manual all things being equal.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:29 PM   #3
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Honestly I doubt it, I have a 2010 2SS/RS with LG FULL exhaust, programmed and with intake, and I kicked a 2010 bare stock manual 2SS.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:30 PM   #4
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:33 PM   #5
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For drag racing...AUTO. You will get the most consistant runs with an Auto. That is why I bought an auto tranny'ed Corvette, as I was drag racing. Manuals may be a little faster, as you can hold the gears longer, but unless you are awesome on the tree with a stick, I would put my money on the auto.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:38 PM   #6
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There is no way that I would be able to cut 1.48 60's if my car was a stick. With the auto its so much easier to avoid mistakes.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:11 PM   #7
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auto is only better when you have ALLOT of HP.... a v6 camaro you want a manual.... if you have like 600 hp then ya auto is better for the drag
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:07 PM   #8
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check this article out it gives you some great info for on the pro's and cons of both transmissions. I still say manual though. http://www.modernracer.com/tips/drag...echniques.html
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:55 PM   #9
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Auto for drag racing. You have to be a good driver for drag racing a stick. Mine is a manual cause I want drag race every weekend. I love shifting myself. take more skill to drag a stick.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:37 AM   #10
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If you're drag racing for fun....drive a manual. If you're racing to WIN....drive an Auto. You will NEVER get the consistent launches and times with a manual...no matter how good or skilled you are at driving. Period.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:56 AM   #11
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I have an automatic and have had it tuned along with headers, high flo cats, corsa exhaust and a CAI. I raced a manual 2010 SS that had what I had plus a supercharger, I ran a 12.73 to his 12.35 quarter mile. He did get me but just over 3 car lengths but he had the supercharger so I would have to say that you are not wasting your time moding the auto!!! If I had a supercharger on mine I would have smoked him!!!
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:59 AM   #12
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If you're drag racing for fun....drive a manual. If you're racing to WIN....drive an Auto.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:54 PM   #13
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Well one of my buddy's told me today that tracks wont let you on with an automatic. (Post comments here) he will be looking at this so go easy on him. lol
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If you're drag racing for fun....drive a manual. If you're racing to WIN....drive an Auto. You will NEVER get the consistent launches and times with a manual...no matter how good or skilled you are at driving. Period.

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Well one of my buddy's told me today that tracks wont let you on with an automatic. (Post comments here) he will be looking at this so go easy on him. lol
wow, is he wrong. have an auto, been to the track 3 times now. also, just to answer a question - i raced a stock m6 with my stock a6 (not stock anymore, but was for this race) - beat him by .2 sec. i also saw an article by oppenheimer that stated the autos were faster than the manuals due to shift points and better traction.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:22 PM   #16
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The auto would win 95% of the time if racing a M6 given the same mods on the street or the track. Only about 5% of the drivers can actually drive the manual well enough to beat the auto.

I see it time and time again at the track. It is just really hard to get a good 60ft with a manual. You either spin or bog and both kill your times. Again, there are exceptions though with some really good drivers but for the most part auto all the way.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:16 AM   #17
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i also saw an article by oppenheimer that stated the autos were faster than the manuals due to shift points and better traction.
On the V6s they are according to the Fast list , but not the case with the V8s. 3 of the 4 Fast list catergorys for the V8s have M6s at the top! 7 out of 10 in the stock section are M6s. For Drag racing (bracket racing) an auto is the way to go for sure and for the higher H.P. cars also. Not to make people mad but ANYONE can drive an auto down the track. Thats why I wanted a M6 for the challenge and the fun factor not consistency. For those of you walking all over the stick cars with autos maybe your arent racing against the 5% that SRT10KLLR stated. I will say that if I planned on modding my car to the point of running 10s id have an auto. However stock or near stock ill take the stick car!
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