Drag Race: Terrifying Mazda RX-7 Vs. Ferrari 488 Pista

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A purpose-built supercar versus an unconventional drag car.

If you're into rotary engines, you probably know of the two most famous Dorito-engine fanatics: Mad Mike Whiddett and Rob Dahm. The former is a professional drifter and the latter is a YouTube star and both have an unhealthy obsession with rotary engines. While Mad Mike pilots many rotary-powered monsters for drifting competitions, Rob Dahm builds some of the wackiest RX-7s on the planet. Arguably his greatest achievement to date is his four-rotor RX-7, the world's first such car with an AWD drivetrain. But when you're building projects that take years to complete, you can't have just one toy. Thus, Dahm has a three-rotor RX-7 built just for drag racing and testing too, but is it good enough to take on a $330,000 supercar? Turn the volume up and let's find out.

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Hoonigan/YouTube

The video comes courtesy of Hoonigan as the latest in a series of This vs That that pit unlikely competitors against one another. In the silver corner, we have a Ferrari 488 Pista with a full Novitec carbon fiber aero kit and a tasty set of HRE wheels. It seems to have been lightly tuned as it develops more than the stock 710 horsepower, with an estimated output of roughly 730 hp. In the black corner, Rob Dahm's RX-7 produces approximately 1,033 hp and runs on some slick tires, but both cars weigh around 3,000 pounds, so the more powerful RX-7 should have this in the bag, right?

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Thanks to Ferrari's clever adaptive traction control system and that lightning-fast seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the overpowered and manually shifted RX-7 has no chance. Even in a short rolling race, the wheelspin of the three-rotor car is just too much to handle. But as Dahm says in the video, this car is pretty much a test bed for other projects that he has on the go and is currently suffering from boost creep. Still, he can take pride in how close the races were, showing that with enough time, money, and effort, even an old Japanese sportscar from 1993 can compete with the best that Maranello has to offer.

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