The peeps at CAR South Africa didn't time them, nor do we know the speeds these unlikely rivals were doing as they crossed the finish line. Neither the R1 nor the 296 were developed with drag racing in mind, but nevertheless, both are ridiculously quick in this particular scenario. For example, Emelia Hartford cracked the 9s at the drag strip in a completely stock 296 with street tires instead of sticky drag radials out back.
It's also widely known that the R1 can also crack the 9-second range, which is tremendous in every respect. More impressive still, these vehicles do it without the near-instant torque delivery of an electric motor. Looking at you, Tesla, and your Plaid three-motor powertrain with 1,020 zero-emission ponies on deck!
If you're in the market for a brand-new R1, prepare to pony up at least $17,999 in the United States of America. The cross-plane crankshaft four-cylinder mill puts out 198 horsepower on full song, and 83 pound-feet (113 Nm) of torque. As for the Ferrari, well, it's in a different league altogether. Not only because of its plug-in hybrid system, but that 120-degree V6 is a real treat.
On its own, it delivers 654 horsepower and 546 pound-feet (740 Nm) of torque. The electric motor sweetens the deal to 818 horsepower, which is ludicrous for a number of reasons. Not only does the 296 outshine the V8-powered F8, but it's also very similar in curb weight.
As expected of a bonafide supercar with the most badass V6 there is (218 ponies for every liter, anyone?), the 296 isn't cheap. Pricing starts at $320,000 or thereabouts, excluding the massive destination charge that Ferrari tacks onto every single production vehicle intended for the US market. The open-top GTS is understandably more, and if you want the 250 Le Mans-inspired livery of this car, that's also an extra. The livery in question is only available in combination with the Assetto Fiorano package, which reduces weight and improves aero.