MURRIETA, CA — POWER AUTOMEDIA’s Pony Wars muscle car rivalry show is back for another great season in 2019 under the Horsepower Wars banner and builds will be handled by the country’s leading performance shops including Vengeance Racing, Arrington Performance, and Power Automedia’s in-house shop.
Horsepower Wars – Pony Wars pits the most legendary automotive makes against one another in a no-holds-barred battle for supremacy. Testing takes place on the dyno, drag strip, autocross, and a braking challenge. For 2019, Pony Wars will feature a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS, new Dodge Challenger Scat Pack, and a 2019 Ford Mustang GT as the Big 3 lay it on the line on a level playing field in hopes of snagging supreme bragging rights. Each entry will be purpose-built for the competition and the builds will all be managed by leading performance entities.
Taking point on the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS entry, Vengeance Racing, a leader in late model GM performance builds, will unleash maximum horsepower without sacrificing drivability. “We have been following Horsepower Wars and enjoy the level of competition. Who wouldn’t want to participate in a GM vs Ford vs Mopar shootout?” said Ron Mowen, owner of Vengeance Racing. “I feel the Camaro has a solid chance at victory in almost every category of the competition.” With more than two decades of experience with the LS/LT platform, Vengeance Racing prides itself on having exceptional attention to detail, and that track record should ensure their Camaro will be a serious contender.
Handling the 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack project will be Arrington Performance, the HEMI performance specialists, and the shop fully intends to put its Mopar platform at the front of the pack. “When the Challenger was left out of Pony Wars last year, Mopar owners were vocal in their disappointment and we wanted an opportunity to showcase the potential of the Challenger to a worldwide audience,” shared Mike Copeland, CEO of Arrington Performance. “I believe there is a perception that the Challenger is less capable than the others. We are coming to prove that wrong.” Arrington has been backing the Mopar brand since day one and brings the engineering, development, and experience expertise to compete.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled that we have two of the top builders in the country putting together the Camaro and Challenger. I have known Mike and Ron for over a decade, and you couldn’t find two more competitive people who are as dedicated to their craft. This is a huge win for Pony Wars and I have no doubt that both cars–and shops–will put on a great show,” added Scott Parker, Power Automedia’s Vice President of Content.
Finally, the FordNXT Magazine team will build the 2019 Ford Mustang GT in-house and prepare it for Pony Wars glory. The third entry in the bunch will be a collaboration of some of the industry’s leading minds and innovators, with consultants like Fred Cook at Evolution, Matt Kesatie, Steeda, and others as FordNXT steps up to raise the bar. “We’ve been racing Mustangs for years and our in-house teams at FordNXT and Ford Muscle wanted to take on the challenge,” explained Power Automedia President and CEO, James Lawrence, who is certain his team has the right skills. “We’ve been building Mustangs for 20 years, and are currently racing a turbo Mustang in X275. Our shop guys and I think we are as good as anyone out there. Plus, we built the 2017 Horsepower Wars Mustang which barely got edged out last time. I’m confident that we can help put this Mustang in the winner’s circle.”
Which manufacturer and shop will reign supreme? Will Ford finish first, will Mopar make monumental moves, or will Chevrolet conquer the challenge? Be sure to watch every episode of Horsepower Wars’ 2019 Pony Wars series to find out!