Why is it that we love drag racing? Perhaps it’s not so much the phenomenon as it is the simple fact that we love competition and seeing how proud and performance-oriented machines fare against each other.
We generally like to keep things fair, unless it’s to prove a point such as tuner car vs. stock supercar (see here) or tuner car vs. hypercar (see here). The same applies for supercar vs. hypercar, and we have seen this before in that McLaren P1 vs. Corvette Z06 track acceleration video.
First of all, it’s obvious that the LaFerrari is going to win. Don’t go into this thinking there’s something shocking waiting to be revealed. After all, it’s 650 HP vs. a car with around 300 more horses. Of course it’s not fair, but that’s not always what we’re looking for. Besides, they get a pass for doing this on the VMAX 200 runway and not on a highway.
As both cars launch, the McLaren 650S doesn’t immediately get torched, but don’t be fooled by the camera constantly zooming in on the LaFerrari as it’s pulling away more and more – it makes it seem like the 650S held its own better than it actually did.
The top speeds reached during that one run were 207 mph (333 km/h) for the LaFerrari and 191 mph (307 km/h) for the 650S.
But if we’re being honest, we were actually expecting the LaFerrari to put even more distance between itself and the 650S so we might just have to give the McLaren props on this one.