The internet has gotten us accustomed to all sorts of challenges between two (or more) vehicles. However, most of the time, the cars aren’t exactly equally powerful.
But that’s not the case with the video shared at the end of the article, which shows a drag race between a McLaren 570S and a Ferrari 458 Italia.
Surely, Maranello’s exotic model is from the previous generation, as the newer 488 GTB has welcomed a turbocharged engine instead of the good old naturally aspirated unit in the 458. But the latter mill delivers 570PS (562hp / 419kW) and 540Nm (398lb-ft) of torque to the rear wheels, through a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to reach 100km/h (62mph) in 3.4 seconds, from a standstill.
The McLaren 570S benefits from 570PS (562hp / 419kW), as well, but the torque number is higher: 600Nm (443lb-ft), thanks to a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine. It too has a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox, but it’s faster by 0.2 seconds to 100km/h (62mph). Woking’s Sports Series model maxes out at 328km/h (204mph), whereas the Ferrari’s top speed is 325km/h (202mph).
Overall, this should be pretty tight, on paper at least. But we still haven’t considered the power-to-weight ratio of both cars, and the most important factor of all: the driver. But even so, which one’s quicker in the real world? The answer lies below.