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An Eleven Way Showdown For Quarter Mile Supremecy

Posted in Cool Stuff, Fast Cars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 13th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

Let’s say you have eleven of the best driver’s cars in the world in your possession and a REALLY wide runway to play with. Assuming you could herd up ten friends with a death wish, what would you do with all that iron? If you’re like us (or Motor Trend, in this case), you’d pit all eleven cars against one another in a knock-down, drag-out grudge match to see which is fastest in the quarter mile.

Some cars, like the Porsche Cayman R, the BMW 1 Series M, or the Lotus Evora S, never stood a chance. Since Motor Trend crowned the Ferrari 458 Italia the best driver’s car in the world, it stands to reason that the 458 had a legitimate shot at taking the quarter mile title, too. Serious contenders came in the form of the new Nissan GT-R, the Audi R8 GT, the Lexus LFA and the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG. Want to know which of these crossed the line first? Watch the video below to find out.

I know that the real purpose of gathering these cars was to pick the best driver’s car of the bunch, but there are some glaring omissions in the lineup. Why pick the Z06 Corvette over the more-powerful but equally track-worthy ZR1? Why choose the Porsche 911 GT3 RS over the fastest road-going Porsche built to date, the 911 GT2 RS?

We may never have the answers to these questions, but this much is certain: no matter how wide the runway is, it takes a special kind of crazy to line up against 10 other drivers and drop the hammer when the green flag waves.

Source: You Tube

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11 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    Um. That’s a really limited test. They should have left the mustang, Evora, and BMW at home and picked up a McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini Aventador, and maybe a Tuner car?

    I’m impressed they pulled an Audi R8 GT though!

  2. Set says:

    That’s probably all cars they had laying around. I’m not surprised by the results at all.

  3. James says:

    Nissan Power

  4. dudefromthenorth says:

    So why does it always come down to “drag racing” ?

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      That’s a good question. I suppose the quarter mile is the easiest way to show which car is quickest, but it doesn’t determine which car is the fastest or the best handling.

  5. Mark Smith says:

    Hmmm…Like anybody really expected a Cayman to challenge a 911 in a straight line test? If you REALLY wanted a straight line acceleration test, why didn’t you have a Turbo S?

    And that GTR has a GREAT launch control system. But what would have happened in a half mile?

    Regardless, I don’t buy a car to drag race. I like corners. Acceleration is fun, but it isn’t where I really get my kicks.

    • Mark Smith says:

      OK. Straight line acceleration (0-60):
      GT-R: 3.2s
      GT3: 3.8s (911 Turbo S would have been 3.1, GT2 3.4)
      Cayman R: 4.7s
      Z06: 3.9s
      458: 3.4s
      R8: 3.5s
      LFA: 3.6s
      Evora: 4.9s
      SLS: 3.7s

      Well, that is enough. Not really a fair race and no real surprises. It is almost as if Nissan staged this one.

      • Kurt Ernst says:

        Mark, the drag race was ancillary to the real test, which was “what is the best driver’s car in the world.” Motor Trend picked the Ferrari 458 Italia over the other finalists.

        • Mark Smith says:

          And I can live with that result. The Ferrari is a great care. I just HATE these 1/4 mile drag races. They really don’t prove anything. Straight line acceleration from a dead stop does not necessarily translate into acceleration out of a corner.