Look at the spec sheets for the Ferrari F8 Tributo and the McLaren 720S, and you’d be hard pressed to make a safe bet on which would be fastest in a race. Both have engines that produce 710 horsepower (529 kilowatts), and they have similar curb weights. These similarities play out on the airstrip in a new 888MF YouTUbe video that pits the two supercars against each other in a pair of drag races, and it’s not the first showdown for the two.
The 720S’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 also produces 567 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque, as does the Ferrari’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Both send power to the rear wheels via seven-speed gearboxes. Even their official top speeds are similar – 212 miles per hour (341.18 km / h) for the McLaren compared to 211.3 mph (340 km / h) for the Ferrari. However, one big difference is their price, with the 2020 F8 priced at 205,000 ($ 265,000) compared to the 140,000 ($ 181,000) cost of the 2017 McLaren.
Both races have the launch control systems of the supercars engaged, giving them the best launch possible. Race one has an even start, with the two neck to neck before the McLaren slowly begins to pull away, crossing the finish line first. The second race has the same result, although the Ferrari comes out first. Once again, however, the McLaren closes the gap, overtaking the Ferrari and crossing the finish line first. The 720S is a fierce supercar competitor.
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Chain telemetry data showed the F8’s best zero to 60 (100 km / h) time in 2.99 seconds, taking 5.995 seconds to reach 160 km / h. The Tributo completed the quarter-mile race in 10.69 seconds at 221.9 km / h. The McLaren 720S was slower at 60 than the Ferrari – 3.07 seconds. However, the 720S made up for that, hitting 100 mph in 5.7 seconds. He completed the quarter mile at 229.9 km / h in 10.55 seconds, easily securing another victory in Woking over those supercar builders from Maranello.