How does a Porsche 911 Turbo S stack up against a BMW 1000 M RR and a Red Bull Formula 1 car?by Khris Bharath, on
Carwow is back with yet another Drag Race special. A 2011 Red Bull World Championship winning RB7 Formula One car takes on a BMW 1000 M RR and a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The Porsche 911 Turbo S is packing a flat-six twin-turbo 3.8 Liter engine that produces 650 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic gear dual-clutch gearbox with four-wheel drive. The Porsche weighs in at 3,615 pounds. It is being driven by, Mat Watson from Carwow.
BMW M 1000 RR
Unlike the Porsche though, power is sent only to the single rear wheel of the BMW 1000 M RR, i.e 212 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque from its 1 Liter engine. The M 1000 RR, weighs just 423 pounds, excluding the rider. The rider is five-time Isle of Man TT winner, Peter Hickman, who currently holds the world record for the fastest lap, round the famed TT course.
Red Bull F1 Car
The F1 car has a 2.4 Liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 750 horsepower and weighs in at 1433 pounds. This mental engine revs to 18,000 rpm. The F1 car is being driven by none other than, Formula One legend, David Coulthard (DC). SEB clinched the 2011 Championship with the RB7. With the specs out of the way, Let’s Race.
We begin with the classic standing quarter-mile drag race. The hammer drops and the Porsche, with its all-wheel-drive traction, get’s off to a great start. DC had a slow reaction time and the F1 car also struggled for traction. The BMW M 1000 was not far behind. However, the race-bred Red Bull & BMW soon picked on the Porsche. First, it was the F1 car. After it found some traction, it just walked past the 911.
Next, it was the bike’s turn, which also just about managed to catch the Porsche at the line. The Red Bull RB7 did a standing quarter time of 9.6 seconds, while the BMW 1000 M & Porsche 911 Turbo S, both did it in 10.2 seconds, although the BMW is slightly ahead of the Porsche, at the line.
Rolling Race 1
The first rolling race took place from 40 mph in second gear. Three-Two-One-Go!! This time though, it’s no competition really. The F1 car & the bike both get a great start and begin to pull away almost immediately. By the half-mile marker, Mat in the Porsche is just a spectator. The BMW though starts to catch up with the RB 7, as the two get closer to the mile marker.
But the RB7 dominates and easily wins this one, followed by the BMW in a close second and the 911 Turbo S coming in last. DC adds that the Bike might not have the mid-range, but it’s much more lethal at the top end.
Rolling Race 2
This time, all three set off in third gear at 40 mph. The hammer drops and yet again, the F1 car and the bike are off. The Porsche is destroyed again. By the half-mile marker, the RB7 is leaps ahead of the bike and the Porsche. However, past this point, the bike starts catching up with the Red Bull, DC in fact even looks in the mirror to see Peter reeling in on him.
The results though were identical to the previous race. The Red Bull RB7 takes this one, followed by the BMW in a close second and the Porsche 911 Turbo S coming in last.
The final challenge was the brake test. All three had to make a full emergency stop from 100 mph. At the line, the F1 car locks ups it brakes, with smoke coming out. DC takes this one as well. The Porsche though beats the BMW on this one as the bike only has two wheels compared to the Porsche’s four. So a definitive win then for the Redbull RB7.
Watch how the race unfolds below.