The Lamborghini Aventador may be on its last legs, but in powerful SVJ form it remains one of the fastest production cars in existence. But even that wasn’t able to help it against a Ford GT in a drag race.
Top Gear America recently returned to MotorTrend+ for another season, and in the season premiere, the two mid-engine supercars lined up for a live drag race. The result is quite surprising.
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On paper, the Aventador SVJ has all the advantages over the GT. Notably, the 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine pumps out 759 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 531 lb-ft (720 Nm) of torque at 6,750 rpm. The GT is no slouch, but its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with two turbos maxes out at 660 hp and 550 lb-ft (746 Nm), giving it a significant disadvantage over the Italian supercar.
In addition, the Lamborghini has the advantage of being all-wheel drive, while the GT sends all its power to the rear wheels. Both cars are nearly identical in weight, each weighing over 1,500 kg (3,306 lbs).
It’s safe to say the driver of the Lamborghini messed up the launch. Although he appears to have used the car’s launch control system, he experiences an enormous amount of wheel spin off the line, causing him to aggressively countersteer to keep it in a straight line. By comparison, the Ford does not appear to have experienced any traction problems, despite being rear-wheel drive and the race being run on a very dirty and dusty patch of tarmac.