Can a remote-controlled Audi R8 take down the real thing in a drag race?
Drag races are one of life’s few pure pleasures. Think about it: When is it ever not fun to watch two things, creatures or people race flat out in a straight line? Around these parts we love a good drag race, the weirder the better. Autocar hit the weird nail on the head when it decided to match up an Audi R8 V10 against another R8, albeit one a sixth the size of the real thing. Can an actual R8 making 540 horsepower outrun an remote-controlled Losi 6IX Audi R8 LMS? Surprisingly it's not that easy a thing for the supercar to do.
The premise is ridiculous which is what makes this race so great. Another thing that makes it awesome is the fact that this remote-controlled car is actually pretty damn fast.
It shoots off the line in each of the three heats, easily beating the AWD R8. The problem is that the antenna can’t reach the RC car over the quarter-mile(ish) stretch of road. The guys at Autocar get creative in solving the problem, but the final race still doesn’t have an ending that satisfies us. Someone get a professional RC car person at the controls and do this race again!