Its been a while since I have posted anything new. Stay tuned for more nerdy, geeky car stuff soon.
Forget about the cheesy edits and b-grade facial expressions and just enjoy the super-sized Castrol Freightliner drifting around random chaotic shenanigans for no reason.
A short while ago, Chris Harris was quite astounded by the Porsche 918, talking about how well the petrol engine and electric motors are beautifully synced and well calibrated for a Hybrid supercar. But then he starts spanking the new McLaren P1 around Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit which pretty much left him breathless.
So from what Chris Harris, Steve Sutcliffe and Jeremy Clarkson’s faces had to say, it was evident that the P1 performed on a completely different league from the 918. Although it does look close on paper.
The P1’s twin turbo 3.8 V8 produces 737 hp and 531 ft-lb, and the electric motors alone adds 179 hp and 192 ft-lb. This would make the total combined output of 916 hp and 723 ft-lb, 29 more horsepower than the Porsche but 217 less torque than the Porsche. The P1’s curb weight is 1450 kg whereas the 918 weighs 1700 kg. Power delivery is different though, with the P1’s power going only to the back wheels whereas the 918’s power is distributed to 4 wheels. But before you think the 918 has traction advantage due to its AWD system, the P1 generates a massive 600 kgs of downforce at the rear in full race mode.
If you would like to see the P1 and 918 battle it out, then I suggest you stay tuned for next week’s Top Gear episode.
So when is the the The Ferrari coming?….. sorry I meant the La Ferrari.
It is not often you get to see Chris Harris get behind the wheel of a properly sorted American car and throwing it against a rear-engined German rival. And according to him, the Corvette Stingray is ‘Brilliant Fun!” and offers high value compared to the more expensive Porsche. But knowing Harris, he’d still pick the 911.
I love both cars to their cores though. Both of them have more than 40 years of heritage and each have different ways of going about a corner. The Corvette requires you to be judicious in throttle application whereas the 911 requires you to be careful in weight transition. But at the end of the day, the 911 will always feel more natural to drive due to its weight being mostly behind the rear-axle…….but its optional extras itself costs as much as the Corvette! Ahem.
Solution? Make a reasonably priced rear-engined Corvette!
If you like seeing Luxo-Sedans with more than 500hp being sideways all the time (like me.), then watch Chris Harris mutilate the rear tires of a BMW M6, Mercedes E63-S AMG and a Jaguar XFR-S. Stick till the end of the video for a 3-way drag race.
As a STi owner, I have utmost respect to the Evo’s bombproof 4G powertrain. The kind of power which can be coaxed from just 2.0 litres of displacement while not blowing up is nothing short of astonishing. Matt Farah’s drive with the maniacal 900hp Evo 7 just solidifies this statement.