One is said to be the future of performance motoring, the other blends analogue power with lightweight technology borrowed from Formula One. Which is fastest?
- shares

Car enthusiasts – and YouTube channels – can’t get enough of the sheer speed of electric performance cars.

Until the novelty wears off – and every person on the planet is aware of the capability of electric cars when the tech is applied for maximum acceleration – we will continue to be treated to videos like this.

The guys at Lovecars in the UK got their hands on a Porsche Taycan Turbo S (the fastest model in the Taycan fleet, even though it doesn’t have a turbo) at the same time as a McLaren 720S Spider.

The numbers tell part of the story. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S weighs a hefty 2370kg (heavier than a Toyota HiLux) while the McLaren 720S Spider tips the scales at 1468kg (about the same weight as a Toyota Corolla).

With 900kg less weight to shift, a healthy dose of power on tap, and a much higher top speed (340kmh versus 260kmh), the McLaren should be in with a decent shout from a standing start over a 400-metre runway turned drag strip.

The 0 to 100kmh claims are almost identical (2.9 seconds for the McLaren and 2.8 seconds for the Porsche). But as the lads helpfully point out, manufacturer claims are often done in ideal conditions that can be hard to duplicate.

Then consider the McLaren is rear-wheel-drive and the Porsche is all-wheel-drive, so the Taycan ought to launch out of the blocks like Usain Bolt.

To find out how it all unfolds, check out the video below.