EVO lines up the exotics – Click above to watch the video after the break

Americans seem to be uniquely obsessed with drag racing in a straight line as a means of measuring automotive performance, but when British magazine EVO decided to line up the latest set of ultra-fast exotic machinery, not a single piece of American iron was present.

Not that we have any complaints about EVO's chosen group of supercars. Representing Italy is the Ferrari 458, and from Germany hails the Porsche 911 Turbo S. These two traditional power players are matched up against the best Britain has to offer; namely the McLaren MP4-12C and Noble M600.

Now that the players have been established, naturally we all want to know which was the quickest. Not surprisingly, the results were dependent on the distance measured just as much as they were by the vehicles themselves. We won't spoil the ending for you, but we will say that it was close and that you should never count out the underdog. Check out the action in the video after the break.



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      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      That same test would have taken 20 minutes to come to fruition if we were watching Top Gear.
      Jarda
      • 3 Years Ago
      How could the Noble be catching up so impressively when it was doing the same speed as McL at the end?
      drbyers
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fun to watch but this will never, EVER, happen in my neck of the woods. All we got is riced-out mustangs, honda civics and nissan 350/370zs...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, what engine is that Noble packing? Sounded great, and hauled ass late in the race!
        Occams_Cat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        A twin-turbo 4.4 litre Yamaha V8 engine.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Occams_Cat
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          KaiserWilhelm
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Occams_Cat
          HAH that motor? I love it, they take the most obscure engines and make them rip. The M400 used the same 3.0L V6 that sits in my Ford Fusion, albeit with twin turbos...
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mclaren is just the best.
        vedi123
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        5th gear doesn´t agree with u: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahsIOVx93zs&feature=related
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        not many people agree with him, in fact. while the McLaren is an incredible piece of technology, that is unfortunately its greatest weakness. it is so advanced that you can't drive it how you want to, which is too bad.
          AM2
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          The McLaren MP4-12C was set up for well... normal people (hard to drift etc). While the Ferrari 458 italia is more of a fun driver's car according to Fifth Gear.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      600m??? Sponsored by and custom made for MCLAREN!!!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake
        M600* And no, Noble has absolutely no relation to McLaren. The closest manufacturer Noble is to is either Ford or Volvo. The M12 GTO used a transversly mounted Ford Duratec 3.0L twin turbo V6. The M600 uses the same Yamaha 4.4L V8 from the Volvo XC90.
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Road & Track testet the Turbo-S: 0-60mph in 2.6 0-100mph in 6.3 0.5 sec. faster than what EVO tested, vere very fishy!
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xcatchmyshadowx
        People, need we do this again? Road & Track uses what's referred to as "roll-out", which makes their 0-60 times faster than true 0-60 times by anywhere from 0.2-0.4 seconds. If you don't know what roll-out is, have a look at their site, they explain it. I don't agree with their method of testing, because they're using drag racing methods for a non-drag metric, but it is what it is.
        xcatchmyshadowx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xcatchmyshadowx
        maybe i have to watch the video again and watch out for some rain chaps?!
        TipoF130
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xcatchmyshadowx
        Stupid comment of the week?
        Ektor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xcatchmyshadowx
        There's a simple explanaiton: The test was done on an abandoned WWII air strip, made of concrete slabs. So there's a massive difference between testing on a high-grip, rubber-coated (from burnouts) drag strip asphalt and this. Thus AWD and fancy launch control electronics really help in this case. The Noble is purely analogic, and it would have fared much better on a dragstrip.
        roestibaby
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xcatchmyshadowx
        the contest stinks, catch is rite. even more after watchingt he 5th gear review with the McLaren being awfully balanced and carrying a shitty gearbox. i am waiting for C&D and other comparison and the TTs to trounce the MP4 big time there.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xcatchmyshadowx
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      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The winner here is the 458 Italia and that's because it's the best looking, and it's fast enough for me, thankyou very much..
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Wes Mantooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      for such an american race can they use more of an american measurement? i need a cheat sheet 600m is like what 3/8 of a mile? quite an odd distance to race to the great thing here is a 2012 nissan gt-r costs half of the least expensive car here and would be neck and neck with the top finishers considering the benchmark as far as performance figures goes is always the porche 911 turbo
        Matt Off White
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wes Mantooth
        I doubt that. The GT-R would keep up in the lower speeds because of the awd and the dual clutch gearbox, but its too heavy and not powerful enough to stick with them above 100mph. Not stock at least. The Porsche has the same issue, lack of horsepower.
        RJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wes Mantooth
        Why is 3/8 of a mile any odder than 1320 units representing His Royal Majestie's feet? It's the 21st century, enough of the Fred Flintstone units.
        badgeless
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wes Mantooth
        but the new gt-r is ugly as sin. and going the way of all these other supercars: letting the computers to EVERYTHING for you, where's the fun in that? Nissan lost me with the new gt-r, Having driven and owned an r33 gt-r and a new gt-r i was much more pleased with the r33, more connected to the driver and even though the gt-r always had computers to help the driver, they never kicked in until the last second to save your ass, unlike the new one which is like big brother always trying to tell you what to do.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      The spread of the fastest to the slowest is less than 1 second. Rerun the drag race another 2 or 3 times and I guarantee you that the order that those cars finish in with get shuffled around. Point being is that drag races are utterly pointless and quite boring when talking about top-tier cars such as these. I'd expect some silly 1/4 mile drag race from an American magazine, but I expect something a little more interesting - like a lap around some track - from Euro car journalists.
        Ektor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        If you go to the EVO website you'll see that timed laps around hteir track, where the 458 wins, beting the McLaren by some margin. This is only the first of the videos.
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