Few things are more enjoyable than a heads-up drag race between two incredibly powerful vehicles. Aside from the obvious instant gratification of the sport, it’s also a great way to measure performance. That’s why Hennessey recently staged a race between the latest Porsche 911 Turbo S and the shop's own 1,000 bhp (746 kilowatt) Ford Mustang GT500.
In replicating a realistic scenario – and eliminating the traction variable from the equation – both vehicles start from a 50 miles per hour (80 kilometres per hour) roll. Rather unsurprisingly, the pony car sprints to an easy victory over the quarter-mile competition. As a small consolation to Porsche fans, we’d be remiss not to mention that both presenters are aware that this isn’t necessarily a fair fight between the two.
The American tuning company was quick to mention that a standard GT500 would likely lose to the Porsche. If you didn’t think John Hennessey already had tremendous confidence in his work, the 911 Turbo S in this video is his personal runabout.
Regardless, we’re still bummed that we didn’t see a standard run-of-the-mill drag race between these two. We’d wager that the savage traction of the Porsche could fire it into an easy victory in the quarter-mile – a half-mile race would be very interesting, but the drag strip at the Penzoil Proving Ground unfortunately doesn’t go that far.
GT500 vs the world:
While the title of the video includes the phrase street race, both Hennessey Performance and Motor1 are strongly against this practice; the demonstration in this instance is for test purposes only. If you want to race your friends, do it properly and safely at your local race track.