My favorite out of these 3 vehicles is the McLaren P1. I’ve been a fan of the McLaren F1 since I was a very young child. The single seat for the driver in the middle of the car, the “Lamborghini” doors and the fact that it was the world’s fastest production car reaching 231 mph (372 km/h) with the rev limiter enabled, and 243 mph (391 km/h) with the rev limiter removed made it the KING in my heart.
We are in the high-tech supercar renaissance, with the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari battling for the performance supremacy throne. All three members of this power trio place the engine behind the driver and use some kind of hybrid assist. However, each one finds a slightly different way to make that setup work.
Unfortunately, the race is missing the Ferrari, despite Autocar’s best efforts. So instead, it has another limited-edition, high-performance vehicle from Italy in the form of the Ducati 1199 Superleggera. The bike has just two cylinders, but at 1.2-liters of displacement, it makes over 200 horsepower, and all that gumption is packaged into a magnesium monocoque body with carbon fiber bodywork to keep weight low. Granted, the cycle is going up against the 875-hp Porsche and 903-hp McLaren, but traction, aerodynamics and gearing all play a part in this fascinating video.
The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder are two of the hottest hypercars on offer at the moment, but how well will they fare in a straight line against the fastest Ducati on sale? We pitch them both against a 1199 Superleggera to find out.
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