LS Turbo 1984 Ford LTD races supercharged Mustangs and Vettes, gap is tiny
The Blue Oval LTD was for most of its life the pinnacle of Ford sedans in North America, but at the time they changed (as Bob Dylan so directly explains). That’s why the LTD lost a lot of weight and inches to become a downsized midsize car again with the arrival of the fourth iteration. But size doesn’t necessarily make a difference for this particular 1984 LTD.
This example was captured running for quarter mile glory by the expert eye of the Drag Racing and Car Stuff YouTube, and the sedan has the usual sleeper vibes (like searching for the part of a car approaching 40s), with a few exceptions.
They’re obvious, however, as no one can mistake a set of drag racing tires and wheels for anything else, while the domed hood is also a clear sign that something cool is going on inside the engine bay.
According to the description, the 1984 LTD committed the sacrilege of going for a Chevrolet LS swap and added a VS Racing 7875 turbo for good measure. With this setup, he went on for a series of spectacular challenges against various opponents during the Street Car Takeover event over the past weekend (May 7-8) at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
The first encounters (from the 0:35 mark to the 1:50 layout) are used to put things in perspective. The LTD delivered a huge gap between its results of 10.17 and 9.94 and an F-150 (12.39) and Chevy Camaro (11.97), for beginners.
But the LTD had their work cut out for them by then as the enemies improved a lot as the event progressed. For example, a 10.55-second slower run from 2:25 against a Cadillac CTS-V was enough for the latter to take the sedan’s glory with a not-so-good (but always sufficient).
But that’s not all, as the LTD rider probably decided it was all or nothing, as he then went up against two supercharged S550 Mustangs (first a Paxton from 3:16, then a Vortec) for breathtaking photo finishes. As such, the LTD won the first skirmish by a hair (10.06s vs. 10.13s) and lost by an atomic size difference the second (10.04s vs. Stang’s 10.02!).
Wait, there is more. Disregard the LTD encounter with another Camaro at 4:10 and go straight into battle with a Corvette C6 sporting an ECS 1500 kit from minute 5:35 to see the map AND deliver the results as seen in a mirror because both cars nailed the same result of 10.02 seconds.