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The Greatest Drag Race in the World (part 1)

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Yup, its the world’s greatest drag race you will ever see! Motor trend in the USA has come up with the most unrestricted test for some of the best driver’s cars available on the US market. For car buffs like myself it does not matter if your inclination is toward muscle cars, exotics or affordable shopping trolleys on steroids, they all have a shot at the standing quarter mile. Some may lament the exclusion of a favourite, or rant about the fairness of such a test. But I, for one, am fascinated as to how the very pinnacle of automotive engineering fairs against the somewhat mundane.So for this inaugural test, here’s the list of contenders:

  • BMW 1 M Series
  • Ford Mustang Laguna Seca
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • Chevy Corvette z06
  • Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Nissan GTR
  • Audi R8GT
  • Mercedes SLA AMG
  • Lexus LFA
  • Porsche Cayman R
  • Lotus Evora S
Greatest Drag Race (Source: Motor Trend)What an unlikely line up you might say? We have cars from all makes and models: ranging from the pricey supercars down to the highly-coveted imports. But let’s face it; it’s about which car is more suited to the driver; an adrenaline burning enthusiast, or a merchant banker attempting to lure a mistress at the Monte Carlo Casino.Greatest Drag Race (Source: Ridelust)As for the winner, I wont spoil the video for you. But I can tell you which cars fall into the “merchant banker’s lure’” category: The Ferrari 458 and the Audi R8 takes the Silver and Bronze respectively, all the rest – except our winner- take home the wooden spoon. While some of the results were to be expected, the Lotus Evora failed to live up to its brand image by being piped at the post by the BMW by a measly 0.10 of a second. It should have been much further up the field considering its hefty price tag.Greatest Drag Race (Source: Wheels Maniacs)What does this say about the current crop of the best driver’s cars? The most luxurious aftermarket cars don’t always stand out when it comes to revving the engines, sometimes, it takes a specialized car to do the job.  To summarize, price doesn’t always mean performance; do not judge a car by its price tag.

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John Vauden

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