Electric Porsche 944 Humiliates McLaren 720S In 1/4-Mile Drag Race

The McLaren 720S has been one of the darlings of the drag strip, beating more high-end supercars that we can remember. In fact, one would need close to 1,000 horsepower to even think about engaging in a drag race against it.

To put it as simple as possible, to beat a 720S, one would need to become a 720S, and then some, as this video proved. In the meantime, the Woking-made machine has met another match, a special Porsche 944. The classic German sports car had its original gasoline engine swapped for an electric powertrain.

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It boasts 980 horsepower (994 PS / 731 kW) and a staggering 1,500 pound-feet (2,034 Nm) of instant torque, in a car that weighs only 2,450 lbs (1,111 kg). Despite the insanely powerful zero-emission conversion, this 944 can do much more than beat the 720S, whose 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pushes out 710 hp (720 PS / 530 kW) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque, as it’s said to be street legal.

That’s right, after humiliating a bunch of supercars at the drag strip, it can be driven home, if it has enough juice left in the batteries that is.

As a bonus run, the electric 944 was challenged by a tuned Mercedes-AMG GT R, and it’s easy to guess which one was quicker. So, without further ado, say hello to the 9-second Porsche, which runs on electricity and it’s not a Taycan.

 

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Amazing performance, but I’m sure there are many purpose built feather weight drag cars that can do this. This is unique as it is electric (and I like that), but it’s performance not unheard of. Also notice the full on rear drag tyres which is also critical to a quick take off. I doubt they are street legal.

    • eb110americana

      The only part that I feel deserves an asterisk, is the race weight. There is no way anything this light has any kind of range. It’s probably dead in 20 miles.

  • nastinupe

    Man that car is quick. I want to see it run against the Demon

    • eb110americana

      The 720S beat the Demon (stock vs. stock w/ race ECU and gas), so the electric drag Porsche would beat it as well.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Dang! That 944 literally got up and ran away from the 720!!!

  • Knotmyrealname

    Goes to show how far electric motors have come along in recent times.
    But as I’ve said before, we get it; electric vehicles have the potential to out drag many other vehicles, now just give us fair to modest performance with the extra range and charging speed/efficiency.

  • LeStori

    Go on a 360 mile cruise. See who wins. An EV is like a condom. Never know if it will let you down when you need it the most.

  • Six_Tymes

    awesome. I miss my 944 Turbo

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