• The McLaren Senna Is the New King of the World’s Greatest Drag Race

Also, the Porsche 911 is really quick in a straight line

You must be familiar with MotorTrend’s World’s Greatest Drag Race title by now. It has reached its ninth interpretation and it’s safe to say that we’re looking at the craziest, most extreme iteration of the drag race.

Part of that is because the McLaren Senna is involved in it. Sure, none of the other cars can be called a slouch, but McLaren’s work on the Senna is paying off big time, especially if we are to consider that after launching the not-so-perfect MP4-12C, the Brits have been resilient in improving their sports cars.

The McLaren Senna Versus The Rest Of The World

The McLaren Senna Is the New King of the World's Greatest Drag Race
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For the World’s Greatest Drag Race 9, MotorTrend took to Vandenberg Air Force Base, not because they planned the race to take place into orbit, but because the air base’s 15,000-foot (4.57 kilometers) runway is one of the few suitable venues around the world that can (safely) host a 12-car drag race.

Speaking of cars, the entry list for the drag race is made of nothing less than today’s crème de la crème of the car industry. Of course, there’s the aforementioned McLaren Senna (789 horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque, 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds), joined by the likes of:

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All in all, the drag race amasses 7,119 horsepower and 6,600 pound-feet of torque unleashed at first in the quarter mile and then in the half mile. And, yeah, the McLaren Senna rules both races like the superstar he is, but keep an eye on the Porsche 911, too. You’ll be in for a very pleasant surprise.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
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 full bio
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