These cars are so evenly-matched on paper that we have no idea what to expect from a drag race

The McLaren 720S has claimed a lot of victims on drag strips all over the world through a combo of lightness, punchy performance, and bonkers off-the-line acceleration. So, how will it fare against Ferrari’s F8 Tributo, a car that has all the chances of becoming its nemesis? This video from Drag Times offers the answer.

For some reason, the 720S experiences more wheel spin than the F8

It's Never Boring When You Put a McLaren 720S and a Ferrari F8 On the Quarter-Mile
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Before we get to the gist of it, here’s a quick rundown of the two cars, specs-wise. The F8 Tributo has a 3.9-liter V-8 tuned to produce 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The 720S has a slightly larger engine, but it’s also a V-8. The 4.0-liter mill cranks out 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque and that’s not a typo; the F8 and the 720S crank out the exact same power and torque outputs.

The drag race is a three-round affair. In the first run, both cars spin their rear wheels off the line, but this effect has a greater influence on the McLaren. The F8 generates less wheel slip, while the 720S’ rear rubber struggles a lot to bite into the runway at first, allowing the Ferrari to win this one with a ¼ mile time of 10.445 seconds. The Macca finished the race in 10.469 seconds.

In the second round, the McLaren ups its game but the F8 does the same and manages to come up on top once again. That said, we’re not going to spoil the fun of watching the video yourself, so this is where we stop the typing to let the clip do the talking.

There’s still one more round to go, so maybe the 720S can at least come out of the duel honorably. Maybe.

Ferrari F8 vs McLaren 720S
Ferrari F8 Tributo McLaren 720S
Engine  3.9-liter, V-8 4.0-liter, V-8
Horsepower 710 710
Torque (lb-ft) 568 568
0-62 mph  2.9 s 2.8 s
Top Speed 211 mph 212 mph
Price $339,000 $329,000
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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