In case you thought modern supercars were fast...
When the second motorcar ever was built, motorsport was born. Gearheads love racing anything with a motor, and while seeing a Ford Mustang getting beaten by a turbo Honda Civic down the drag strip is entertaining, it's the faster stuff that really gets the blood flowing. We're talking top fuel, funny cars, and when you're really lucky, Formula One. In a YouTube video uploaded by Driven Media, we get to see a real V10 Bennetton F1 car take on a modern supercar hero, the McLaren 570GT. The video shows the two vehicles going head-to-head in three challenges: a standing quarter-mile, a rolling quarter-mile, and a 0-100-0 mph sprint
The 570GT isn't the fastest machine McLaren builds, but it's no slow-poke. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, this British supercar produces 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. That enables it to sprint to 60 mph in only 3.3 seconds, and reach a top speed of 204 mph. It weighs around 3,307 lbs. The 1997 Benetton B197 F1 car on the other hand produces 770 hp and 384 lb-ft from its naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter V10 engine, weighs only 1,157 pounds, and has a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of a nuclear bomb, but lacks the modern launch-control of the McLaren.
In the quarter-mile, the McLaren gets a good launch and puts its nose in front of the F1 car, which seems to scramble for traction throughout the gears of its six-speed sequential transmission. Once the F1 car bites, it simply walks away from the 570GT and crosses the line in an incredible 9.1 seconds, compared to the McLaren's 10.1 seconds. The 40 mph rolling race is dominated by the F1 car, too. The McLaren's brakes are easier to operate under normal driving conditions, but the F1 machine still manages to beat it in the braking test.
What's the lesson here, you might ask? Well, even a 24-year-old F1 car can still absolutely decimate modern machinery, and it sounds a hell of a lot better doing so.