By Patrick Rall
That headline isnt a joke –this week’s Mopar Muscle Thursday video features a 1985 Dodge Omni racing on the 8th mile against a 2003/2004 Ford Mustang Cobra. Better known as a Terminator Cobra, this factory supercharged beast was one of the fastest factory stock Mustangs when it was introduced but the Terminator in this video doesn’t stand a chance against the Ugly Old Omni.
Very little is known about the 1985 Dodge Omni that the owner has dubbed the Ugly Old Omni but the brief bit of information on the car’s website indicates that it is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. There is no mod list but considering how hard this Omni leaves the starting line and how quickly it rips through the 8th mile – I would bet that this funky little Dodge hatchback has a pretty extensive mod list.
As you may notice the Omni does redlight on this particular run but as it goes through the traps with a time of 7.701 at 91.4 miles per hour to the Cobra’s 9.99 at 67.9 miles per hour – it wouldn’t have made much of a difference as the Mustang couldn’t have beaten the Omni with a time like that anyways. Regardless of the redlight or who got to the finish line first, the fact that this Omni ran 7.701 is incredible on this run and what is even more impressive is this car’s best run ever of 7.513 in the 8th mile. Those 8th mile ETs would translate to quarter mile runs in the mid 11 second range…by a 5-door non-Shelby Dodge Omni.