Keep an eye on the road folks because you might just catch a glimpse of the two most revolutionary cars in motoring history. If you have deep pockets and have forked up the cash for either the Ferrari La Ferrari (it’s so nice you can say it twice) or the McLaren P1, we envy you.
They have been battling it out on Formula 1 circuits across the globe for decades, but now these two great names are set to bring their feud on to the roads. Both teams launched their latest state-of-the-art flagship road cars.
While the Ferrari makes people swoon like schoolgirls with its stunning design, the McLaren looks like it has the sort of space-age technology that can send you into another realm. As far as looks are concerned, these are two of the sexiest rear ends we have ever seen.
Ok, now that you’ve stopped drooling, let’s talk a little bit about the insane technology of these two beasts.
Both churn out over 900 brake horsepower and can go from 0-100 km/h faster than you can ‘Sarah Jessica Parker’.
The Ferrari’s top speed exceeds 350 km/h (220 mph), but what is truly staggering is that this elegant beast can reach 300 km/h in less than 15 seconds from a standing start. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Italian manufacturer’s latest tour-de-force has lapped the Fiorano test track faster than any other road-legal Ferrari.
Of course, the lap times are not all about straight-line speed and sheer mechanical grip joins forces with the black art of aerodynamics to keep all four wheels pointing in the same direction, not to mention the La Ferrari has the computing power of a small office just to keep it stable.
Plus, there is no denying that the Ferrari has one of the most glorious front ends to grace any car in recent times.
The McLaren, on the other hand, has the sort of face only a mother can love. However, it probably serves some kind of a purpose as the car has been designed to be the ultimate driving machine, not the best looking one.
Like the Ferrari, the British outfit has left no stone unturned to ensure that the P1 is oozing with technology, both to keep it on the road and make it fast, and boy is it fast.
The P1 will go from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 second and on to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds. Its top speed is a little lower than the Ferrari’s because it LIMITED to 350 km/h. Imagine the readings on that speedo if this was allowed to really stretch its legs.
The last time McLaren launched a hyper car was in 1992 with the Gordon Murray designed F1, while Ferrari’s previous spearhead was the Enzo in 2002. With the P1 and the La Ferrari, the automobile industry has reached the pinnacle of technology and these bad boys will probably remain the benchmark for at least another decade.