We’ve seen some odd matchups in a drag race before, but this drag race may be the strangest we’ve seen. The race is between a Ford Mustang GT with a 5.0-liter V8 engine making 450 horsepower and 530 Nm of torque and something called the Bowler Bulldog said to be a Land Rover Defender underneath. The Bulldog runs its own 5.0-liter V8 under the hood, but it’s out of a Range Rover Sport SVR, and it’s supercharged.
That blown 5.0-liter Range Rover V8 makes 550 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. It weighs in at 1.8 tons, according to the presenter, and costs about three times as much as the Mustang GT. The GT does have a 10-speed automatic making it well suited to drag racing.
You might expect the Bowler Bulldog to get handily trounced since it is an off-road 4×4 specialist vehicle. With more power and torque and a curb weight not far off the Mustang’s 1.7 tons, you’d be wrong. The Bulldog launches in 4×4 mode and moves out very quickly and beats the Mustang down the quarter-mile.
The Mustang driver does say that the car was struggling with traction, which we assume means spinning. The Mustang was in drag mode, but he launched manually since the automatic version lacks launch control. The Bulldog finished the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds, and the Mustang took 12.7 seconds. A better launch and no slippage could have put the Mustang on top. Where the Mustang did come out on top was in braking, where it handily beat the Bulldog in a full panic stop. Checkout a Mustang GT and a Toyota Supra going at it on the drag strip.