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McLaren 720S Playing in Hypercar Territory: Video

By Liam Ridings

Tue Sep 19 2017

We get it, McLaren make fast cars. The plucky British firm has a knack for churning out high-powered, lightweight, aerodynamic Supercars that have a penchant for unsettling the Hypercar hierarchy in a way that few companies have managed to do.

McLaren’s latest offering, the 720S, is a 527kW/720Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 monster capable of decimating similarly priced rivals from Lamborghini and Ferrari. Drawing styling inspiration from the ludicrous McLaren P1 Hypercar- a car that permanently shifted the definition of ‘fast car’ when it came to market in 2013- the 720S is a worthy successor to the McLaren 650S.

In a bid to prove just how capable the McLaren 720S is in a straight line, Brooks from DragTimes volunteered his own 720S for some unofficial testing. With the help of launch control, Brook managed to cover a standing quarter-mile in 10.1seconds before blasting through the half-mile in just 15.8seconds.

To put this insane performance into perspective, the hybrid-assisted Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder completed the same half-mile distance in 15.4 seconds and 15.6 seconds respectively. Remarkably, this time means the McLaren 720S will outsprint the million dollar, first-generation Bugatti Veyron over the same distance.