This race puts an end to the power-to-weight debate
One of the benefits of drag and roll racing is that it allows two vehicles to compare their speed and speed over a quarter or half mile.
However, horsepower is not the only thing that matters in drag racing, other elements also matter, such as weight.
Thus, the power versus weight debate continues.
In this drag-and-roll race that CarWow organized, a powerful Porsche The 918 Spyder took on a much lighter Red Bull MotoGP race bike – it’s interesting to see which element – power or weight – wins out in this straight-line competition.
Porsche 918 Spyder Supercar with hybrid power
The Porsche 918 Spyder is a superb sports car.
Although it’s an eight-year-old machine, it’s still ahead of its time and its peers, after all the 918 Spyder entered the motoring world as a hybrid supercar, using a 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 derived from the Le Mans racer. engine and two electric motors.
It delivers 875 hp of total system power and 944 lb-ft of combined torque.
According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder can go from zero to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 214 mph.
Independent tests show the supercar can do better, with quarter-mile times under 10 seconds.
Tipping the scales at around 3,700 pounds, the 918 Spyder is faster and faster than most cars on the road today – it can outrun them if it wanted to.
Red Bull KTM RC16 Plus Dani Pedrosa looks competitive
However, overtaking a sports bike is another matter.
Even more so when the opponent on the other side is a real race bike that campaigned in the 2021 MotoGP season – the Red Bull KTM RC16.
Plus, the race bike comes with the legendary Dani Pedrosa – a three-time world champion with dozens of wins under his cap.
Even without considering Dani, the Red Bull KTM RC16 is already a formidable opponent.
Its 1,000cc four-stroke V4 can deliver over 265 peak horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque, which seems tiny compared to that of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
But the KTM RC16 and Dani weighed just over 440 pounds, giving it a huge advantage over its four-wheeled opponent.
Porsche 918 Spyder against Red Bull KTM RC16 in a straight line
In both quarter-mile drag races and two half-mile roll contests (50 mph and 30 mph), the KTM RC16 topped the 918 Spyder – despite some hubbub.
No wonder, since the racing bike has a favorable power-to-weight ratio.
The Porsche, however, won the braking contest after a brake lock-up for the KTM.
Source: YouTube via Carwow