• Oct 6, 2006

Now we've seen some interesting races before, but this is something new: the Team Australia Speed Comparison, to be held in conjunction with the Lexmark Indy 300 later this month in Australia, will pit a MINI against a Porsche and a Champ Car.

The John Cooper Works MINI Cooper S packs a supercharged 1.6-liter four with 210 hp and runs 0-60 in 6.6 seconds; the 400-hp Porsche 911 GT3 reaches 60 in 3.2 seconds; and the Champ Car, packing a 750-hp Cosworth V8, will hit it in a cant 2.2 seconds. Sounds like a fight about as fair as David and Goliath, with The Rock thrown in for good measure.

Of course it's not a straight-up race, or anybody could predict the outcome – it's a single-lap handicap race: the MINI will head out first, followed by the Porsche and then the Champ Car. The starts are timed according to the car's capabilities so that, technically, all three cars should cross the finish line at the same time.

Gentlemen, start your engines!

[Source: Auto Racing Daily]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep, and this was done back in the late 80's with an Escort, a 928, and a TAG F1 car driven by Nikki Lauda.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember Jeremy Clarkson doing something similar with a Ford Cougar *shudder*, a Focus WRC car driven by Colin McRae and an F1 car (I forget which one and who was driving). It was timed pretty perfectly with Clarkson winning up to the last corner at which point the WRC just drive rounf the outside with the F1 car driving round the outside of that. 3 cars going into the final corner at the same time. It really demonstrated just how far ahead the F1 car is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This seems somewhat on the pointless side doesn't it? If the race is handicapped it isn't really proving which car is better. Especially over a one lap interval. I am probably just missing the point of this though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they don't rely on those numbers. The JCW MINI was rated 6.4 sec by C&D years ago, and since then gearing, injectors, and intake have been upgraded so it should be even quicker. Perhaps the other cars are also statistically handicapped.