It’s not a race car, it’s a RICE ( Race Inspired Cosmetic Enhancement) better known as a “Ricer” or “tuner” car. This type of car puts the need for speed on the back burner and focuses on building its body to look like a high speed and expensive piece of art. With its cosmetic touches such as large spoilers, neon lights, massive speakers, and under body aerodynamic kits, it appears to be any drag racer’s dream. However, too much detail often slows the car down, which affirms the fact that it only needs to look like it can smoke its competition.
These vehicles tend to have small engines (either four or six cylinders), front wheel drive, and significantly less horsepower which amplifies the fact that it’s not racing material. Take a ricer car and a true performance vehicle such as a Shelby Mustang Gt350 and there’s little competition. Although a front wheel drive of a tuner car can initially leave a Mustang in the dust because of its weight distribution, once the higher performance car’s engine is gunned, its horsepower becomes the king of the road. It’ll almost always outrace a ricer.
Take a look at this video of a Mustang racing against a small red hatchback ricer. The small car’s loud turbo and lightweight front will initiate more traction to stop, giving it a tiny advantage, but a Mustang’s biggest attribute is speed. As anticipated, the ricer is met with defeat once the Shelby Mustang GT350 gains motion.
Although races between high performance vehicles and tuner cars are so predictable, the race between the two is often a source of good entertainment. Watching two stunning vehicles race is a good source of fascination for any thrill seeker.
Watch the video and let us know what you think about the race and what type of vehicle you would prefer to drive.