LaFerrari vs. McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder: Ultimate Drag Race to 200 MPH

LaFerrari vs. McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder drag race 1 photo
Photo: Screenshot from YouTube
Despite the holy hypercar hybrid trinity (HHHT) revolving around ultimate performance, people who buy the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 or Porsche 918 Spyder see the performance of the three as a mere part of the triggers that determined their purchases.
Let’s face it - most of us won’t afford to wake up to the sound of such a hybrid hypercar every morning. For one thing, all the LaFs are sold out (you can still grab one from resellers, but expect a heavy premium to be required on your side), while Porsche has recently ceased production of its 918 Spyder.

But we’re all car lovers here and, as a result, we love to see the three going head-to-head in what can be described as the first instrumented three-way comparison test.

None of these cars comes from the factory, so you don’t have to worry about them being rigged for the tests. In fact, all three examples used for this battle belong to supercar collector Paul Bayley.

Since the man has already been kind enough to lend his hypercars to the team over at The Supercar Driver, we’ve seen the HHHT members battling on the track, as well as engaging in quarter-mile shenanigans.

After having fought on Silverstone and having made full 1,320 feet use of the Santa Pod Raceway, it is now time for the three gasoline-electric machines to battle it out on the runway of the Bruntingthorpe aerodrome.

Since the crew didn’t want to leave Paul Bailey hypercarless, they didn’t use the full two miles of runway for the race - the LaFerrari, 918 and P1 entered a drag race aiming to hit the 200 MPH target, but the distance reserved to the acceleration phase was shorter than that used when Bruntingthorpe held the Vmax 200 supercar acceleration events earlier this year.

While we won’t throw any spoilers at you, we can mention the fact that the LaFerrari managed to climb as high as 210 mph (338 km/h) at Vmax.

Why did we choose to give you this detail? The footage below includes the answer, but you’ll have to bring the popcorn yourself.

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