Six years ago, Porsche surprised by presenting a hybrid hypercar named 918 Spyder, which was then the most powerful model ever developed by the brand, thanks in particular to its electric motor. The model was then tasked to go face a similar British creation, the formidable McLaren P1. Six years later, the Porsche will face the McLaren 720S, which we showed you a video in which she beat the McLaren P1.
But here, the chain Drag Times only wanted to compare their ability to reach a certain distance in a straight line, pitting their ability to accelerate. What's the difference between the plug-in hybrid technology, and the phenomenal power it develops, with a better designed and aerodynamically lighter car. It all took place on the Palm Beach International Raceway's dragster track, resulting in a rather tight finish.
The Porsche 918 Spyder, charged in this duel to represent the rechargeable hybrids, is equipped with a 4.6 liter V8 to which are added two electric motors. In total, the beast is close to 900 horses (887 exactly) and develops a phenomenal torque of 800 Nm. The whole is coupled with a gearbox PDK double clutch, and a complete transmission. Of course, the performance figures that go with it are equally impressive, since it drops the 0 to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds and reaches 345 km / h in top speed.
In the camp of the thermal engines, one thus finds the McLaren 720S, which proposes a V8 of 4.0 liters developing 720 horses and 770 Nm of torque. The transmission also offers seven gears and a double clutch, but everything is switched to the rear wheels. Without revealing anything, the performance of each of these two monsters is impressive, and the performances are so tight that it is played in several rounds, chained without rest!