It’s Official! The McLaren 720S Might Never Lose A Drag Race

After having its way with a pair of Lamborghinis last month, the new McLaren 720S has finally stepped up to the challenge of taking on the formidable Tesla Model S P100D.

We’ve known from countless previous attempts that beating the P100D in a 1/4 mile sprint is extremely difficult. Extend the distance and results may vary, but over a short enough race, the Tesla was king.

Well, not anymore it seems. The McLaren 720S is here to break the internet and let people know that in order to outrun it, you’d probably need something crazy like a Koenigsegg – and we’d definitely love to see something like that!

To tell you the truth, we sort of expected the 720S to win against the Tesla, although not in the manner in which it did. We thought it was going to catch up towards the end and that the P100D’s fast start was going to be enough so as to maintain an early lead.

As it so happens, that was not the case and the McLaren caught up almost instantly, blowing past the Tesla as if it was a Camry. In other words, the gauntlet has been thrown down and somebody needs to throw a 918 Spyder at the 720S, or perhaps something even quicker.


  • Craig

    It takes the Tesla [According to Motor Trend] 2.28 seconds to reach 60. And given that it took 4 seconds [on that first test – considerably longer on the 3rd one] to PASS the Tesla – the Tesla must have been going at least 80 mph if not more. In a typical city – light to light race – that’s a WIN!

    • alexxx

      Tesla lost this time. Acceptance can make you feel free….

      • Craig


      • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        The Tesla was steadily losing power per attempt at a race. Truly, the Tesla Model S is the winner.

  • Jan Mleziva

    So finally a lightweigt two-door two-seater supercar coupe beats 2.5 ton 7-seater 5-door family car in a quarter mile :p
    Now lets do it 99 more times without refilling/charging. Oh…

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      It didn’t just beat it, it absolutely annihilated it as if it was standing still, THAT is the truly amazing part. If they were neck and neck and the 720S won by a nose you’d say that, but this is truly an amazing feat given how utterly awesome the P100 d is off the line and in a straight.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    İn your face Tesla!
    McLaren has just destroyed it each and everytime.

  • GobbleUp



    Okay…so there’s one prehistoric raptor left that can beat a Tesla.
    Extinction is still on the menu.

    • Six Thousand Times

      But not today. And you don’t have to figure out how to dispose of the Macca’s battery pack, wait while you recharge, or worry about how the national grid is going to fare when everyone has an electric car.

      • DR.FUNK

        The battery packs will be recycled. The range is improving (300mi).As is the availability of charge stations. I’d rather deal with all the problems you mention than continue to breathe bad air distributed over the land by moving polluters. Not to mention the never ending financial headache of internal combustion service and repair. I’ve had more than one luxury exotic dealer actually boast to me about the 4 and 5 figure services on the near horizon after purchase…and for as long as you own it. I guess the rub is that if you can afford the car…you can afford the service(s). PASS
        All that being said…that Mac is one sessy beast. Wonder if they’ll offer full E conversion in a coupla years.(?)

        • Six Thousand Times

          Will be recyclable but currently are not. I’m not anti-electric car but I don’t think they’re quite ready for prime time, yet.

          • fluffy

            progress, is not without its problems. But it is progress 🙂

          • Gnoxy

            Where is the exhaust for the ICE being recycled? Will it ever be recycled? Its been 150 years and we still don’t recycle the exaust.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Some of it actually gets recycled through the turbochargers, chief.

  • marioGTI

    Am I mistaken or Tesla is still quicker right from the start?

  • Blade t

    This guy owns both of these cars,,,, the 720s keeps impressing me….

  • Infinite1

    The 720 is a formidable supercar

  • Six_Tymes

    its fast, and looks like a raccoon, might as well call it “Rocket”

  • EyalN

    the S series is the basic versions of mclaren, let’s how fast is the LT going to be.
    mclaren should do a hybrid, electric cars are wast of money.
    it took mclaren a year to start making profit, tesla are losing money since they opened 14 years ago.

    • Gnoxy

      Please short Tesla if you feel this way. Many have … many many have /grin

  • spambox

    Hate to be a spoil sport but whats up with the public roadway drag racing??? Not good. Surely 300,000 dollars worth of cars can find a dragway somewhere.

    • brn

      I was thinking the same thing myself, but was then distracted by an awesome drag race.

      I’m conflicted.

  • Michelin

    You can select competitor and tape of race to win every competion.
    I could beat a supercar by a bicycle tourning around the table of my kitchen !!

  • wtvlol

    Now Tesla isnt cool anymore…lost to a ICE car.

    Whats left? Gullwing doors?

    • Bob White

      They already tried that on a questionable styled SUV that was delayed 2 years because of these doors.

  • Bob White

    The 720S is the target for the C8 Corvette. See how close you get GM.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    720 S is simply next level performance, would like to see it, vs 488 and 911 GT2 RS

  • The Truth

    Don’t argue with the Tesla fanboys. If they cannot see the annihilation of their beloved P100D, they are blind & oblivious. They are a cult, and no other car, or SUV is better. I cannot wait for the Porsche Mission E, and other high end electric cars. In addition, they will have to provide service & support for the Model 3, a mass market vehicle. Tesla, your day of reckoning will be here within three years.

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