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The gauntlet has been thrown down. Although the freshly revealed Spark-Renault SRT_01E racecar isn't scheduled to spin a wheel in anger for another year yet, when the Formula E series officially kicks off, it has already received its first challenge. One from an unexpected source.


It was only a matter of time, folks. As soon as Audi finalized its purchase of the Ducati brand, we knew to expect a slew of comparison tests pitting the German automaker's finest wares against the two-wheeled exotica rolling out of Italy's best-known motorcycle maker.


You've seen plenty of motorcycle-versus-car contests that take place on public roads or dedicated race tracks. But you've probably never seen one where the two machines are wearing Blizzaks... or even studded tires.


Ducati 1098R - Click above for high-res image gallery

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