• Video: Is This Hypercar vs. Hyperbike Drag Race The Most Expensive Ever?

  • Porsche vs. McLaren But that's no contest: why not throw in a Ducati as well?
  • Ducati 1199 Superleggera 200bhp, 100lb.ft, 177kg, 202mph
  • McLaren P1 Hybrid. 2 wheel drive, 900bhp, 217mph
  • Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid, 4-wheel-drive, 875bhp, 218mph
  • Ducati Eats Porsche 4WD helps the Porsche get off the line, but the Ducati soon reels it in and passes.
  • McLaren Wins! As the speeds reach 200mph, the aerodynamics of the McLaren allow it to ease ahead of the Ducati

McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder vs. Ducati 199 Superleggera

There are drag races and there are drag races: this is one of the latter. Take two of the fastest and most expensive hypercars and one of the most expensive and fastest hyperbikes, go to an airstrip and put pedal to the metal. Let battle commence.

Drage Race Royalty: McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder vs. Ducati 1199 Superleggera

They are three of the most desirable vehicles on the planet and not ones that mere mortals like us are ever likely to drive or ride: we’ve probably got more chance of going to the moon!

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Porsche vs. McLaren
But that’s no contest: why not throw in a Ducati as well?

McLaren’s P1was introduced to the world in 2013 and was the last word in technology. Built largely from carbon fibre and featuring a hybrid drive train, which produced a combined 900bhp and 665lb.ft of torque. 0-60mph came up in 2.7 seconds and it would top out at 217mph. It cost $1,150,000 when new, 375 were built and they sold out immediately.

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Ducati 1199 Superleggera
200bhp, 100lb.ft, 177kg, 202mph

Porsche’s 918 Spyderalso debuted in 2013 and promised virtually identical figures to the McLaren. Also featuring a hybrid drivetrain, it produced a combined 875bhp and a whopping 944lb.ft of torque, propelling it from 0-62 in 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 218mph. 918 were built and it was a relative bargain at $945,000.

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McLaren P1
Hybrid. 2 wheel drive, 900bhp, 217mph

Ducati pulled in MotoGP technology for its 1199 Superleggera in 2014. Using exotic materials such as magnesium, carbon fibre and titanium, it weighed 177kg with all liquids on board. Its 1198cc V-twin engine produced a claimed 200bhp and 100lb.ft of torque. It cost $65,000.

So, three of the most extreme - and expensive - vehicles head-to-head on the drag strip. Which would prove to be the fastest?

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Porsche 918 Spyder
Hybrid, 4-wheel-drive, 875bhp, 218mph

Off the line, the Porsche’s four-wheel-drive gives it the edge but the Ducati soon overhauls it to pull out a lead. As speeds approach 200mph, the McLaren then reels in the Ducati and overtakes it for the win. Why? Well, it probably has something to do with aerodynamics: the car is just more slippery than the bike.

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Ducati Eats Porsche
4WD helps the Porsche get off the line, but the Ducati soon reels it in and passes.

So, there you have it: the most expensive car vs. bike drag race ever and a victory, for once, to the car.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
Motorcycling Contributor
Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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