A 1,200 hp Audi R8 V-10, a 1,600 hp Porsche 911 Turbo, and a 586 hp bike line up for a drag race; who is going to win?by Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 04:47
YouTube channel Officially Gassed gave us yet another drag race of epic proportions. And, this one really is epic, as the average power-to-weight ratio here is 2,184 horsepower per ton. Of course, a lot of that is thanks to the bike, but we’ll get to that in a second. We have a quarter-mile, half-mile, and a third-mile roll-race. It’s a clash between two German supercars and a modified motorcycle and the results might surprise you.
All three contenders are highly modified, with the two cars pushing well over 1,000 horsepower. The Audi R8 V-10 is modified by Auto Torque. It has two Precision 64-66 turbochargers. 46 mm wastegate, air to water intercoolers, dual fuel pumps with 1,750 cc injectors, and others.
Otherwise, the 5.2-liter V-10 is stock. The result is 1,200 horsepower, which hit the ground through all four wheels and a seven-speed DCT gearbox.
The car weighs 1,595 kg (3,516 pounds), which gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 752 horsepower per ton.
The Porsche 911 Turbo, on the other hand, features a fully-built engine. The flat-six unit features an increased displacement, from 3.8 to 4.2 liters. It also has twin Garett G35 900 turbochargers, ES billet manifold, ES fuel system, and others.
The car is capable of 1,600 horsepower but has been tuned down to “only” 1,300 horsepower.
Power goes to all four wheels through a PDK gearbox with upgraded clutches. With a weight of 1,600 kg (3,527 pounds), the Porsche has a power-to-weight ratio of 812 horsepower per ton.
Last but not least, we have a home-built, turbocharged, 1991 Suzuki GSXR. That’s a lot of scary words in one sentence. The bike has been tuned by Brands Hatch performance and features a fully-built engine, a GT30-76 turbocharger, methanol injection, equal-flow intake plenum, shortened drag racing suspension, and more.
The GSXR is capable of 586 horsepower but has been tuned down to 400, because of traction issues.
Still, with only 215 kg (474 pounds) to lug around, the bike has a power-to-weight ratio of 1,860 kg per ton.
First up is the quarter-mile drag race. The Audi and Porsche line up and both rocket ahead in an extremely violent manner. The Audi’s bigger engine should mean better response, but the Porsche has more torque. In the end, the 911 Turbo takes the win by crossing the line after 9.12 seconds versus Audi’s 9.35 seconds. The Porsche also has a higher trap speed, at 164.4 mph (264.6 km/h) versus Audi’s 159.6 mph (256.8 km/h). However, the Audi R8 manages the best 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time, at 2.21 seconds, while the Porsche manages 2.28 seconds.
Will the half-mile drag race bear different results? The Porsche just about beats the Audi, with a 14.04-second time versus 14.41 seconds. The Porsche also has a higher trap speed – 197 mph (317 km/h) versus 193 mph (311 km/h).
The third-mile rolling race takes an interesting turn, as it looks like the Audi took the lead. The bike also took part in the third race, but had traction issues. A second attempt is made, this time from 70 mph (113 km/h) rolling start. The Porsche rocketed ahead and stayed there, while the Audi was dead last. The bike’s gearing only allowed for 186 mph (300 km/h), which is why it eventually backed down. That and it was spinning its rear tire, on all six gears. This goes to show the importance of being able to put the power down, as even "only" 400 horsepower is too much for a single tire.