First, let me throw out a “well done” for the U.S. team to advance as far as they did in the tournament, and give congratulations to Ghana for their well earned victory in the “other” world cup.
Now back to what matters here – bench racing in a country versus country showdown. Today we’ve got two powerful teams, Germany and England, out to prove who builds the fastest car in the RideLust World Cup. Will it be England, with the McLaren F1, or will it be Germany, with the Porsche 911 GT2? Or, will both teams call for substitutions from the sideline? Read on to find out.
Argentina vs. Mexico
Argentina fields the Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck, sporting a 2 liter, twin-turbo diesel motor good for a modest 161 horsepower but an impressive 300 foot pounds of torque. Since the power goes to all four wheels, traction, on any surface, won’t be a problem for the VW truck. Zero to sixty times are a somewhat leisurely 11.1 seconds, but pickup trucks are more about what you can haul than just plain hauling ass. On-track handling isn’t the Amarok’s forte, but it will get you, four passengers and cargo anywhere you need to go.
Mexico fields the Volkswagen Bora with the inline five cylinder, 2.5 liter gasoline motor good for 170 horsepower. At over 4,300 pounds, the Bora (same as the U.S. Jetta) has put on some weight in its middle age, and is no longer the light, nimble sedan it once was. Zero to sixty with the 2.5 liter motor and a manual transmission happens in 8.6 seconds, which exclude the Bora from anyone’s definition of a “sport sedan” Still, Bora’s have always been more entertaining to drive than most of their competition, and will surely demonstrate their German heritage on the racetrack.
Victory goes to Mexico with the Volkswagen Bora, whose on-road manners proved superior to the Volkswagen Amarok. If the race were held off-road, it would have been a much different story.
Germany vs. England
Germany, sensing that England may have a secret weapon up their sleeve, scraps the Porsche 911 GT2 used to defeat Ghana and instead rolls out a Koenig C62. Originally built by Porsche as endurance racers, a limited number of 962s were converted to be street legal in Germany by various firms. The Koenig versions featured a 3.4 liter version of the flat-six motor, good for around 800 horsepower in a car that weighed 2,425 pounds. Zero to sixty in a C62 came up in about 3.3 seconds, and the top speed was 235 miles per hour. I couldn’t dig up any solid data on lap times around the Nürburgring for the C62, but consider this: a race tuned 956 (the predecessor of the 962, with a shorter wheelbase and less horsepower) turned a lap time of 6:11. With it’s added weight and increased ride height, a C62 couldn’t match that, but it could certainly lap in the area of 7:00 with the right driver.
England, as suspected, rolls out a substitute in the form of the Radical Sportscars SR8LM. Essentially a track day terror that may or may not be street legal (depending on who you bribe and how much you pay), the SR8LM features a 2.8 liter V8 motor good for 455 horsepower. As the SR8 only weighs 1,433 pounds, acceleration is more than brisk. The SR8LM has the Nurburgring lap record for a street legal production car, at 6:48 seconds, so there is no denying the SR8s capabilities.
In a close match, victory goes to England with the Radical SR8LM. While the Koenig C62 has a slightly better power to weight ratio of 1:3 versus 1:3.19 for the Radical, the radical has far less weight and a stiffer suspension. I’m only guessing on the C62’s lap times around the ‘Ring (and I’ll call it at 7:00), but the Radical’s lap time of 6:48 is documented. Victory for England in the closest match of the RideLust World Cup to date.