The mighty McLaren 720S has struck again.
By now, it’s practically common knowledge that the McLaren 720S is a hypercar disguised as a supercar that’s more powerful than what the manufacturer claims. We’ve seen it defeat both a stock and supercharged Lamborghini Huracan, so what happens when you pit it against the range-topping Huracan, the Performante? We already know it’s blistering fast around a race track, having previously set a new production car lap record at the Nurburgring which was only recently beaten by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
It also boasts some of the most advanced aero ever seen on a road car. But is this enough to defeat the McLaren 720S in a straight line race?
To find out, Brooks from Dragtimes entered his now famous McLaren 720S, which has defeated many modern supercars, against the Lamborghini Huracan Performante in a series of drag and rolling races. For comparison, the Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 that sends 640-hp to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The 720S, on the other hand, has 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that sends 710 horsepower on tap exclusively to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, although recent dyno tests have revealed that the output is higher than what McLaren claims.
To put it simply, this supercar showdown had a forgone conclusion. The extra power of the McLaren 720S absolutely annihilates the Lamborghini Huracan Performante in all four races. Without launch control activated on either car, the Huracan Performante gets a head start during the drag races, but the 720S quickly catches up after gaining traction and takes the lead. It’s a different story in the rolling races however, as the 720S leaves the Huracan Performante for dust. Apparently, Brooks is already arranging for the 720S to battle against its bigger brother, the P1. Yes, the P1 should theoretically win as it’s in a class above the the 720S, but it will be interesting to see how close the gap is particularly as the P1 is now five years old.