It’s Ferrari versus McLaren in a half-mile drag race in Florida.
We have DragTimes back with his old favorite, the McLaren 720S. This man lives life one quarter-mile at a time, although his 720S more often sees some practical use and even more exotic drag races, such as this half-mile race at Wannagofast.
A half-mile is a totally different beast to the standard quarter-mile. Suddenly top-end speeds and more reasonably efficient gear ratios come into play which is vastly removed from the “just get to a quarter-mile” performance we see from dedicated drag racers.
And the McLaren is a beautiful beast on or off the track, so we have no doubt that it can perform at any length. It’s twin-turbo 4.0-L V8 puts down 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with lightning-quick gear changes. Top speed is 212 mph after a 0-60 launch of just 2.7 seconds. All this in a package that weighs just 3,180 lbs thanks to a carbon fiber everything.
Meanwhile, the Ferrari 488 Spider is a somewhat lesser being than the 720S. Sure, it has a lot of power in its 3.9-L twin-turbo V8, but 661 hp is 50 less than the 720S. It’s also slower to reach 60 mph, has a lower top speed, and thanks to the folding hardtop roof, it also weighs almost 200 lbs more than the 720S does.
Still, they’re both supercars, so we expect to see them produce comparable performances in the half-mile drag race. Boy, were we ever surprised.
The 720S absolutely demolishes the Ferrari. It wasn’t even a contest--the 720S just pulls ahead and never looks back. By the time the half-mile distance had elapsed, you could play a full regulation game of football between the two cars.
We suspect that a 488 Pista might have an easier time against the 720S than the Spider, or perhaps even the new F8 Tributo. That matchup may yet happen, so we’ll just have to wait and see.