Streetcar vs track weapon, but which is the drag strip king?
McLaren has a rich motorsport heritage that includes F1 and 24 Hours of Le Mans victories, and the company has always had a strong focus on track performance, with all-out speed being a byproduct of the overall design of its cars. But you'll always get those who want to flex their muscles and head to the drag strip. In a YouTube video posted by Drag Times, we see the ultra-capable McLaren 720S go up against the McLaren Senna in a battle for ¼ mile supremacy in the ultimate display of sibling rivalry. According to the poster, this is the first time these cars have ever gone head to head on the strip. The 720S is no stranger to the strip, but the Senna doesn't have such a well-established record.
The 720S is no South American Sloth, thanks to its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces a serious 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. The 720S will accelerate to sixty in only 2.8 seconds, reach the 100 mph mark in 5.5 seconds, and will cross the quarter-mile mark in a brisk 10.3 seconds. Those are insane numbers for a "streetcar". The Senna makes use of the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine which has been updated with parts such as lightweight connecting rods and pistons and produces 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 60 sprint is dealt with in under three seconds. The Senna is lighter and more powerful, so this race should have a clear outcome right?
The Senna in question is running its original Trofeo R tires, while the 720S rolls on a set of Toyo R88Rs, giving it a grip advantage. In the first race, the 720S nails the start and launches well past the Senna, maintaining its lead across the finish line. The 720S crosses the line in 10.135 seconds, while the Senna does the job in 10.845 seconds. In the second race, the same thing happens, only this time the 720S deals a more convincing blow. The 720S runs a 10.121-second ¼ mile, and the Senna records 10.509 seconds. After a driver swap, the third race begins. This time the Senna gets a better launch, but the 720S is unstoppable and takes the win once again with a time of 10.092. More power is not always the answer, but considering the Senna's focus is in the corners, we're not exactly complaining about the results.