Surely, no road-car on earth can out-drag a Formula One car? Well, that may be true of stock out-of-the-box supercars, but what about a few tuned models? Well, today Mat will find out by pitching a real Red Bull F1 car against a tuned Lamborghini Huracan and Nissan GT-R.
Let’s start with the F1 car. If you’ve already watched our Bugatti Chiron vs F1 car drag race, you’ll already know this is a 2011 Red Bull RB7, as driven by Sebastian Vettel on the way to his second drivers’ world championship. That year, it won 12 of the 19 Grand Prixs, powered by a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated Renault engine with 750hp.
The engine sends power through this 650kg car’s ultra-light carbon-fibre body to the super-sticky slick rear tyres through a seven-speed paddle-shift sequential gearbox.
It’ll take a pretty special road car to out-pace this streamlined single-seat missile – handily, we have two fearsome contenders lined-up. First-up is a Lamborghini Huracan that’s been given a monstrous twin-turbo conversion. This car’s once-naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 now produces 1,200hp and 1,240Nm of torque.
It’s all-wheel-drive, too, and comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a ruthlessly effective launch control system. Any downsides? Well, it weighs 1,553kg – that’s almost 240% more than the F1 car…
That said, the Lamborghini is a featherweight compared with the 1,840kg Nissan GT-R. This big bruiser packs an enlarged 4.1-litre version of the standard car’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 that’s been tuned to pump out a ridiculous 1,300hp and 1,290Nm of torque.
Like the Lamborghini, it has a dual-clutch automatic gearbox with launch control and all-wheel drive.
But which car will have the upper hand in a quarter-mile drag race? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.
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