A Ford GT, a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, a Mercedes-AMG GT R, and a Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 all raced to see which was the fastest.
Now, this is the kind of supercar race we like to see. Not one where they all just line up and see which one’s the fastest from a dig, but one where they all try their best to complete a real race track. One with corners, and turns, and straightaways, and everything you’d expect from a real road course.
On tap are a collection of delightful supercars to choose from, all of them with their own distinctive charm.
First, we have the impressive Ford GT, with its 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 putting out 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.8 seconds on its way to a ludicrous top speed of 216 mph. A 7-speed dual-clutch routes power to the rear wheels propelling a chassis that’s mostly made of carbon fiber. As such, its total weight is just 3,354 lbs.
It’s also the most expensive car at this party with a starting price of $450,000.
Next, we have the Mercedes-AMG GT R, where German efficiency attacks the road with surprising results. Despite its stupidly long nose and oddly rear-mounted cockpit, the GT R has never failed to impress no matter what kind of race it’s in. A 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 produces 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is less than two of the other competitors, and yet it somehow makes those fewer horses work much harder than any other car in the world.
We don’t see many Lotuses around these parts, but we honestly should. These super light, super fast British sports cars are truly performance distilled. This particular Lotus Exige is the Cup 430 Type 25 model, which supercharges the 3.5-L Toyota-sourced V6 to 430 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes just 3.2 seconds and it’s tiny size clocks in at just 2,400 lbs. The Exige is easily the lightest car of the four, and will be one to watch.
Finally, we have the latest Porsche racer, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Porsche gave it’s bulletproof 4.0-L flat-six a pair of turbochargers to make 700 hp and 553 lb-ft. Zero to sixty is just 2.7 seconds, weight just 3240 lbs, and its 7-speed dual-clutch is as fast a shifting transmission as anything in the world.
All cars are RWD, and all are wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. All are driven by the same driver. So who wins?
Once again, we’re surprised by the GT R’s time of 1:13.63, beating out both the Lotus at 1:14.71 and the Ford at 1:14.23. But the Porsche’s 700 horses stole the show with a time of 1:12.01. Both German cars take first and second, with Ford left wondering just what went wrong for their flagship supercar.