In the span of just five years, hybrid drivetrains have become the the go-to drivetrain solution for some of the world’s fastest and most expensive sports cars, rightly dubbed hypercars. Two of these, the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder, lined up against the venerable Ducati 1199 Superleggera for a standing-mile drag race.
This race was set up by AutoCar, which prefaced the contest of speed by telling us that this was one of the closest finishes they’ve ever had. For whatever reason, Ferrari declined to provide a LaFerrari for testing though, a show of reluctance one wouldn’t expect from the premient supercar maker in the world. That gives you an idea of just how close this race really was.
I’m not going to spoil the ending, but suffice to say the Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 is are as evenly matched as you can imagine. The Porsche makes 887 horsepower to the McLaren’s 903 horsepower, which makes the Ducati’s 200 horsepower seem absolutely trivial. At less than a quarter of the weight of either of the supercars though, the motorcycle runs side-by-side all the way to 200 MPH. Suffice to say, the difference between first and third place is measured in tenths of seconds, and all three reach over 190 MPH in the span of less than 25 seconds.
So who wins? Place your bets and then watch the video to find out.