McLaren Senna fights Porsche 911 GT2 RS in drag race

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The cars may seem evenly matched on paper, but the video tells the truth.

Motorsport Magazine has shared a YouTube video of a drag race nobody asked for – a McLaren Senna facing off against a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. It's got to be no contest – after all, it costs over three times as much as the Porsche, right?

It should surprise absolutely no-one that the McLaren wins. However, we are glad that Motorsport Magazine filmed this race, as it really does a great job of showing off just how fast the McLaren Senna is. 

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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS was the fastest and most expensive Porsche 911 you could buy when it was released for the 2018 model year. It cost £207,506 (£228,548 with Weissach), but that got you 690 bhp, a 0-60 time of just 2.7 seconds, and a top speed of 211 miles per hour. In short, it's a car that any of us would be more than happy to have in our garage.

And then, there's the Senna. Priced at an incredible £750,000, the McLaren Senna, named for the famous Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, produces only 100 bhp more than the 911 GT2 RS (99, to be exact). The Senna is estimated to have a top speed of 220 miles per hour, and a 0-60 time of around 2.5 seconds.

When you lay out the bare numbers like that, the 911 GT2 RS doesn't seem like as much of a sitting duck as we would have imagined despite the price difference. Bench racing cars on paper is a dangerous business, though, as you can clearly see in the video.

In the 1,000 metre drag race – that's around 0.62 miles – the Senna gets the jump on the 911 and never stops pulling, crossing the finish line an amazing nine tenths of a second ahead of the Porsche. Sometimes, it's not always just about the numbers on the spec sheet.