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Superbike vs Supercars: Watch A Ducati Challenge A Porsche And A McLaren To A Drag Race

A ‘blast from the past’ drag race, because seven years later, this video still blows our mind

This video from the past deserves to get attention even today. It’s a drag race between two supercars and one superbike. The contenders were the Porsche 918 Spyder, the McLaren P1, and the Ducati 1199 Superleggera. The folks at Autocar pit these three against each other for a standing mile drag race. Believe it or not, the difference between the winner and the loser was 0.38 seconds. Mind-blowing, isn’t it?

That’s A Unique Mix Right There

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The Ducati 1199 Superleggera is powered by a 1.2-liter, twin-cylinder engine that makes over 200 horses at 11,500 rpm and 99 pound-feet of torque at 10,200 rpm.

A six-speed sequential manual gearbox drives the rear wheel, obviously. It tips the scales at just 152 kilos (335 pounds), which gives it a massive power-to-weight ratio of 1,315 horsepower per ton.

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The McLaren P1 features a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that puts out 903 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 664 pound-feet of twist at 4,000 rpm.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox powers the rear wheels here. It weighs 1,450 kilos (3,197 pounds), which gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 623 horsepower per ton.

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The Porsche 918 Spyder comes with a 4.6-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine and two electric motors complementing it. Combined, the setup churns out 875 ponies at 8,500 rpm and 944 pound-feet of oomph at 4,000 rpm.

You get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission here as well, but it channels the power to all four wheels. It is heavier than the P1, tipping the scales at 1,634 kilos (3,602 pounds). This brings the power-to-weight ratio to 535 horsepower per ton.

This Is What A Bloody Close Race

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They got together for just one race. The Porsche rocketed off the line leaving its rivals behind. But, the Ducati wasn’t one to back off, and within a few seconds, it managed to edge the Porsche. The P1 was lagging behind, but at around 120 mph, it went past its German counterpart.

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All three vehicles were in close proximity throughout. The fact that the winner and the loser were just 0.38 seconds apart should say how close this race was

But, the numbers really show how close the race was initially. The Porsche was the quickest to hit 60 mph from a standstill, taking just 2.95 seconds. The Ducati and the McLaren followed, taking 3.14- and 3.24 seconds, respectively. This was just as close even when they touched 100 mph. The Ducati and the Porsche took 5.69- and 5.70 seconds to touch the mark. The McLaren wasn’t too far behind, as it took 5.78 seconds to 100 mph.

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Things, however, changed a little when they touched 150 mph. The Superleggera took just 10.15 seconds to hit this mark, making it over a second quicker than the McLaren P1 which took 11.18 seconds, and much quicker than the Porsche 918 which took 11.43 seconds. The Ducati kind of slowed down post this whereas the others still kept gaining speeds. But, that didn’t matter because it still won the standing mile race. The Ducati finished the distance in 25.44 seconds at 191.45 mph. The McLaren lost by the barest of margins, taking just 0.05 seconds more than Ducati to come second. It took 25.49 seconds at 204.7 mph. The Porsche didn’t do too bad either, staying in the sub-26-second mark, taking 25.82 seconds at 194.64 mph.

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Swipe up to watch this epic drag race that has been remembered for ages and won’t be forgotten anytime soon either

Was this the most evenly matched race or what? Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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