When three V8-powered supercars enter an oval track in Utah, it’s time for some good old-fashioned NASCAR action.
Only without NASCAR.
The boys over at Top Gear decided to have a distinctly Southern Christmas break by heading down to Utah for a distinctly Southern challenge. The goal: race three V8-powered supercars in a timed race around a NASCAR track, with a Toyota NASCAR serving as a pace car. After 2 laps behind the pace car, the winner is the car that posts the fastest three combined laps.
The two Brits both got British supercars in keeping with national pride. Rory got behind a Jaguar F-Type SVR, the fastest Jag ever produced. Powered by a 5.0-L supercharged V8, the Jaguar makes 567 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.
Chris, on the other hand, got a McLaren 750S. The McLaren makes use of twin turbochargers to get 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque from a 3.8-L engine. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph.
Finally, Matt got behind the wheel of a Ford Shelby Mustang GT350. Normally, the 5.2-L supercharged V8 produces 526 hp, but we’re told in the video that this particular car has been tuned to produce over 850. That gives Matt a distinct power advantage over the two British supercars, but will that power matter when he’s constantly making left turns?
All three are able to closely follow the Toyota pace car before shooting out in front for their three lap dash. They all seem to finish incredibly fast, with Rory taking particular glee in his V8-powered supercar by performing a few donuts at the finish line.
The final times tell the story, however: Matt finished in 1:30.6 seconds, Rory in 1:31.4 seconds, and Chris’ McLaren in 1:28.1. The weakest car of the bunch once again proves that power isn’t everything, especially when you need to turn.