A modified McLaren 720S tuned to produce 1,000 horsepower crushed a stock version of the same car, to the surprise of absolutely no one.
We already know the McLaren 720S is a very fast car. Under the hood is a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 engine producing 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 212 mph. Thanks to everything being made of carbon fiber, the car clocks in at just 3,180 lbs, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 4 lbs per horse.
But what if the 720S could be made faster? To the tune of, say, 1,000 horsepower?
In the latest video from Drag Times, we get to see a white 720S that produces 1,000 horses at the crank. Just to prove its chops, we also got to see a quick dyno video that reveals a rear wheel power figure of 880 hp and 713 lb-ft. Those are some ridiculous numbers for any car, including a McLaren.
Pushing an already powerful car to 1,000 hp isn’t easy. This 720S got a pair of upgraded Pure turbochargers, DME tuning, and a full exhaust rebuild from Velocity.
In a preview race, we see that the modified 720S can barely keep a grip on the road against a similarly modified Nissan GT-R. And in the first race against the stock 720S, the modified version keeps spinning it’s wheels so violently that the driver is forced to stop or else lose control of the car.
However, we get to see the modified 720S’s true power in the second race. After again spinning its wheels for what seems like the entire length of the track, it finally zeroes out and just walks away from the regular McLaren’s boring 710 hp.
Even though 1,000 horsepower is an impressive number, we can’t really recommend it for the 720S. McLaren takes a holistic approach to their cars, and boosting something like power beyond its original parameters ruins the car’s stability and handling.
On the other hand, 1,000 horsepower is a 1,000 horsepower. And if any car could tame that many horses, it’s a McLaren.