A small vehicle that has been modified to make it look like a fast car is referred to as a ricer. Its all about appearance and a riced out car is never going to outperform a true muscle car.
A typical ricer is a vehicle that has been transformed by adding such extras as neon lights, huge speakers, big spoilers and an extra loud exhaust pipe. What all these modification actually do is to affect the aerodynamics of the vehicle. As a result the car will perform less well than it did in its original state.
Cars that are chosen to be riced out are generally compact cars with a four cylinder or a six cylinder engine. Front wheel drive cars are often chosen for modification. This type of car will never perform as well as a car with real muscle. When compared to the performance of a Ford Mustang GT 350, for example, a ricer is going to be left far behind in a drag race.
A riced out vehicle with a loud turbo will have more thrust at the starting point and a front wheel drive will start off faster than a Mustang. Its the distribution of weight in a front wheel drive that gives it an edge over a high performance vehicle. Front wheels have greater traction because they are under greater pressure of weight in a lighter vehicle than in a more powerful one. What this means is that a front wheel drive car can take off s faster from a complete stop than a high performance car like a Mustang.
A muscle car will soon catch up with a ricer and by the end of a race it will have far outperformed the modified car. A ricer might look like a powerful car, but it can never beat any car that has been designed for high performance. You can watch the Shelby Mustang GT350 in the ricer vs muscle drag race in this YouTube video.