Two convertible titans race for straight-line superiority
Pro racer Daniel Abt behind the wheel of the 911
Looking at a hot high-performance convertible and not sure if Porsche or Ferrari is the right one? Check out this drag race between the Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet and the Ferrari F8 open-top and it might make the choice a bit easier.
It’s from the channel of German race car driver Daniel Abt. Abt has run in Formual E as well as in GP2 and GP3 . Now he’s taking the wheel of the 911 Turbo S cabrio as he races down an empty runway with his friend and All the Way Abt merch partner Toby Aberle.
The 911 Turbo S gets a 3.8L twin-turbo flat-six making 650 hp and 590 lb-ft. Meanwhile, the F8 Spider makes 710 hp and 568 lb-ft from its 3.9L twin-turbo V8. The Ferrari is close to 300 kg lighter and is missing rear seats, but the Porsche has the benefit of all-wheel drive.
Both get launch control and both have automated transmissions, taking the driver out of the equation as much as possible, leaving it to mechanical grip and power to rule the day.
After a load of friendly trash talk, Abt, the pro racer botches the launch and the 911 goes nowhere.
Round 2? The 911 pulls ahead from the start thanks to the extra traction, but on the trot the Ferrari begins to catch back up. Which one wins? You’ll need to watch the video. We’re not going to spoil this one.
We will tell you the Porsche ran to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds and covered 800 meters in 16.6 while the Ferrari did the former in 3.29 and 16.45 seconds, respectively. The Ferrari was also slightly quicker from 100 through 200 km/h. It all makes for a seriously close finish.
Round 3 saw Abt with a much better reaction time and another, even closer result.
Up next, rolling runs, where the all-wheel drive’s traction is cancelled out. Then a tease of the next video, which will put the Porsche against a 488 Pista.