A tuned BMW M5 Competition competes against three rally cars in a drag race!
One road car versus three racing ones
Freed from numerous safety, environmental, practical and budgetary restrictions, racing cars can freely display quite mind-boggling levels of performance compared to their mass-produced counterparts for the general public.
As a result, pitting one series production car against three rally cars seems completely irrelevant. Except that this time, the production car in question, which is none other than a BMW M5 Competition, has seen its engine mapping largely modified to counter three real competition beasts.
Its 4.4-litre V8 has thus gone from 625 PS to 1000 PS, almost as much as a venerable Bugatti Veyron! Next to it is a Ford Fiesta with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 550 PS and 700 Nm of torque. Its neighbor, a Mini Cooper, has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 600 PS and 1000 Nm of torque.
At the very end of the track is a legend, the Ford RS200 hiding a 2.1-litre four cylinder with 500 PS and 750 Nm of torque. The M5 Competition adopts an 8-speed automatic transmission while the Cooper and Fiesta rely on a sequential gearbox. The older RS200 is equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission.