Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery

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  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    As far as drag races go, this one is among the most bizzarre ones you'll ever see
    Despite being very different, these 2 contenders have almost identical power-to-weight ratios. The Vespa is 10 times lighter than the BMW M3, but has only 1/10 of its horsepower
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    The BMW M3 is plenty quick even without mods. This one is almost stock
    Apart from the exhaust, intake, and a Stage 2 remap, the BMW E92 M3 is, pretty much, stock. The 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated V-8 is good for 430 hp
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    The Vespa 50 Special has done away with the stock blender
    The Italian moped started life as a 50cc blender with 4 hp and a top speed of 28 mph. Now, it packs a 150cc engine built and tuned by FRT Ferro Racing. It's good for 43 hp and revs to 14,500 RPM
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    1 of the last 500 BMW E92 M3s ever made
    This particular M3 is 1 of 500 Limited edition cars, built before the model was discontinued. This one also has a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, instead of a 6-speed manual. It also weighs around 3,527 lbs (1,600 kg)
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    The Vespa's weight is, effectively, doubled with the rider on it
    At 187 lbs (85 kg), the Vespa is extremely light. However, with the rider sat, it becomes 352.7 lbs (160 kg). Still, this gives the super moped a power-to-weight ratio of 268 hp/ton, which is not far off the M3's 286 hp/ton
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    The drag race
    It's best out of 3 races from a standing start, at a 1/4-mile. The ultra-light Vespa takes the lead and dominates throughout most of the race. At the last second, however, the more powerful M3 snatches the win...twice
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    Both vehicles had nearly identical 0-60 mph times
    The data shows that the BMW M3 manages a 4.43-second sprint to 60 mph vs the Vespa's 4.47 seconds. As for the 1/4-mile, the M3 takes 12.77 seconds and the Vespa - 13.42
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    A rolling race should favor the BMW M3
    Vespa's biggest advantage is that it weighs almost nothing, compared to the M3, allowing it to rocket off the line. A rolling race, however, takes away the advantage. BMW wins more convincingly than in the drag races
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
    Swipe up for more on this crazy drag race
    While there are hardly any scientific benefits from staging such a battle, the decisive factor here wasn't horsepower or lightweight. It was aerodynamics and gear ratios. What are your thoughts on the race?
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
  • Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3 - gallery
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