Motorsport Magazine lined up the McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 991 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R for an all out 1000m drag race down an airstrip. While the 991 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R get a nice AWD jump off the line, the McLaren ends up screaming past both of them with ease.
McLaren released an incredible video about how they pushed the new McLaren P1 to run under 7 minutes at the Nürburgring. With a 903 HP 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo and Electric powertrain it’s only competitor thus far is the new Porsche 918 Spyder, the real question is, did the P1 beat the 918′s time of 6:57.
Enjoy the video below, if it doesn’t make you want drive fast, we don’t know what will!
Drive has a video comparison of the brand new Porsche 991 Turbo S going heads up agains the McLaren MP4-12C Spider, both on the track and an all out drag race up to 196 MPH. The results are pretty much what we expected after seeing the dyno results of the 991 Turbo S last week in which it only made a few more horsepower than the outgoing 997.2 Turbo S.
While the 911 Turbo S got a nice jump ahead from the start due to it’s awesome AWD and launch control, the MP4-12C reeled in the gap quickly, easily passing the Turbo S leaving it quite a few car lengths behind before letting off at 196 MPH. We should also note that the MP4-12C used in this test was a Spider which adds around 90 pounds to the car.
The McLaren MP4-12C has proven itself again to be one of the quickest and fastest production cars in the world behind only cars that cost in the millions. 3,000 pounds, mid-engine, 616HP and a 7 speed DCT is proving very hard to beat.
The title says it all, we came across this video of a McLaren MP4-12C walking by a Lamborghini Aventador in 1/2 Mile Race down an airstrip. While the numbers on paper (horsepower to weight ratios) have always favored the lighter MP4-12C vs the Aventador this is the first time we’ve seen the two in action side by side with a good camera view.
From what looks like a 20 MPH roll all the way up to around 170 MPH at the 1/2 mile mark the McLaren has around a 3 car lead.
We were invited by The Collection in Coral Gables in conjunction of McLaren to an exclusive driving event at Palm Beach International Raceway to experience the amazing capabilities of the McLaren MP4-12C on and off the racetrack. With around 10 McLaren MP4-12Cs on hand we went from experiencing the F1 inspired supercar’s amazing launch control down the dragstrip to warming up on the autocross course to some all out track time on the 11-turn, 2 mile FIA Grade II certified road course. At the end of the day we jumped in the MP4-12C with a professional driver to see what the car can really do in capable hands hitting over 160 MPH down the back straight.
Special thanks to The Collection and McLaren for putting on a great event and demonstrating just how incredible the McLaren MP4-12C is on and off the track. Take a look at some of the videos and pictures from the day below.
Check out this electric Miata known as Assault & Battery running low 9′s at 144 MPH. This crazy super silent drag car is powered by a 333 volt LiPo pack and two 2000 amp Zilla controllers feeding dual NetGain 9-inch motors. Seems like there is a lot more to come as current was limited to less than 1,100 amps for this run. As per NEDRA this run set a record in the XS Extreme Street class.
We’ve seen dozens of new 2014 Corvette Stingray’s hitting the 1/4 mile since they started hitting the streets a few weeks ago with the first few going low 12′s. It was just a matter of time until someone brought one to ATCO Raceway which is well known for it’s great weather, excellent track prep and very quick 1/4 mile times.
Some interesting details on the McLaren’s hybrid drivetrain. The P1 has a few methods to charge it’s batteries, not only does it have electric motor regenerative braking similar to the Tesla Model S, it can also charge the batteries while driving normally using power from the gasoline engine. When driving around town, or at the track, if you’re not at 100% throttle, part of the engines power above what is required for the current driving situation is used to generate power and charge the batteries. Of course you can also plug the car into a regular 110 volt outlet to charge up the batteries when you’re not driving. McLaren actually recommends plugging in the car so it can trickle charge when parked or stored.
Their engineers state that the car can continually lap a race track and not run out of battery power. The car can also drive around 11-15 miles without using the gasoline engine at all. Special thanks to The Collection for having for the showing, take a look at the pictures and video of the P1 starting up and revving a bit below.
RacingSolutions took a brand new 2013 SRT Viper with the 8.4L V10 making 640 horsepower and bolted on their Twin Turbo system bumping up the power to 857 horsepower and 810 ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheels at 8 psi on a DynoJet. Accounting for driveline losses through the 6 speed manual transmission that puts this SRT Viper at 1,000 HP on 93 octane pump gas. They quote 1,100 horsepower when using E85 or race fuel.
This twin turbo package using Precision 62mm Turbochargers from RacingSolutions is a bolt on system requiring no internal modifications to the engine and is priced around $40,000.00. Higher end packages are available with additional power that include building the engine and driveline upgrades at around $80,000.00 Take a look at dyno data and video below.
RoadTestTV got some video of what might be the first real world Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray running at the drag strip over at Palm Beach International Raceway. This C7 was equipped with the 7 speed manual transmission and ended up running a 12.47 @ 116.2 MPH with a 2.12 60′ time.
The car is certainly capable of a better launch and it’s pretty clear the new base C7 will be running well into the 11′s, probably with the 6 speed automatic transmission.
The new Corvette is powered by a 6.2L V8 with 460HP and 465 ft lbs of torque and starts at $51,000.