Unbelievably, a stock McLaren 720S has beaten the quarter mile lap times set by the hypercar holy trinity.
We've been showering the McLaren 720S with praise lately, and rightly so. McLaren's latest Super Series took everyone by surprise since this is a supercar that can keep up with some of the world's fastest and considerably more expensive hypercars. But now it's official: the McLaren 720S is faster than the hypercar holy trinity at the quarter mile. Last month, the McLaren 720S set an impressive quarter mile time of 9.9 seconds, but in better conditions it could have potentially posted an even faster time.
To try and beat that, one owner took their stock McLaren 720S to the ATCO Raceway in New Jersey where it set a quarter mile time of 9.7 seconds at over 147 mph. And if you were in any doubt, the 720S did three separate runs, each resulting in the same time. The first run was completed in 9.799 seconds at 146.50 mph.
The second run recorded a time of 9.788 seconds at 147.28 mph, while the third run was the fastest: 9.733 seconds at 146.72 mph. To put that into context, that's faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, which all conquered the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds. You probably don't need us to remind you that the 720S costs a fraction of those million-dollar hypercars, with prices starting at $280,000. According to Dragtimes, the owner left their 720S completely stock, although a set of tire heaters were used to keep the tires warm during the record-breaking runs. They also used the front trunk to store a generator and two jacks among other equipment.
The only car that's beaten the McLaren 720S at the quarter mile is the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which currently holds the quarter mile world record with a time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. Now that's a duel we'd like to see happen soon.