Mercedes-AMG GT R Drag Races Renault Twizy in Reverse With Unexpected Results

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Mercedes AMG GT R Drag Races Renault Twizy in ReverseMercedes AMG GT R Drag Races Renault Twizy in ReverseMercedes AMG GT R Drag Races Renault Twizy in Reverse
At first, the idea of drag racing a Mercedes-AMG GT R against a Renault Twizy might seem (more than) a bit pointless. However, there's a method to the madness that brought us here. Allow us to explain.
This straight-line battle takes place with the Twizy being driven normally (everybody floors the little EV, it fun!), while the Affalterbach machine is hooned in reverse.

The drag race was hosted by Top Gear, with the Brits taking the duo to an airfield. As such, the French cutie and the Beast Of The Green Hell (this is the official nickname of the GT R) didn't have to worry about anything else but the sprinting.

And there are a few questions this battle will answer:
  • Can the instant electric torque of the Twizy allow it to leap ahead of the twin-turbo V8 during the starting phase of the race?
  • Is the top speed of the Renault greater than the reverse maximum velocity of the supercar
  • How long is this challenge?
Seeing these two together makes us think that they would make for an idea pair inside an aficionado's garage. Sure, the Twizy costs as much as an optional extra on the Merc, but the electric mobility it delivers has its assets. Speaking of numbers, if you happen to be the kind who enjoys them, you'll get all the neccesary details in the piece of footage at the bottom of the page, which documents the run.

Oh, and as we discovered during the time we spent with the Twizy, the thing is quite fun to drive. After all, with a chassis touched by Renault Sport and a low center of gravity, how else could it be?

Returning to the drag race we have here, if you happen to enjoy betting, now would be a good time to pick a side.

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