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The McLaren P1 and Taycan Turbo S Are Surprisingly Well-Matched at the Drag Strip

Road & Track logo Road & Track 8/10/2020 Brian Silvestro
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Despite its rear-drive layout, the McLaren P1 is supremely quick in a straight line. It's one of the original hybrid hypercars, after all, packing 903 horsepower from its twin-turbo V-8 and electric motor combo. The 0-60 sprint happens in an astonishing 2.8 seconds, and top speed is 217 mph. But is it quick enough to defeat the current king of drag racing, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S?

While it might not look as exotic, sound as wild, or cost as much as the P1, the Taycan is an absolute beast when it comes to straight-line acceleration. With launch control activated, the all-electric Porsche sedan delivers 750 horsepower to its two electric motors—one at each axle—allowing for some serious traction off the line.

The Lovecars YouTube channel put together a drag race between a new Taycan Turbo S and one of the first P1 prototypes built— the same example we drove back in 2017. Unsurprisingly, the Taycan is able to get the jump off the line, and holds a strong lead right up until the end of the race, when the P1's top end eventually comes into play, giving it the win. It's pretty wild to see how evenly matched these cars are, considering the P1 is now eight years old, and many times rarer and more expensive. For now, though, it still reigns supreme.

a car parked in a parking lot: Porsche's EV missile goes head to head against the legendary McLaren hypercar. © Lovecars - YouTube Porsche's EV missile goes head to head against the legendary McLaren hypercar.

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