'World's Greatest Drag Race' Lives Up To Its Name With 12-Car Showdown

Nearly 6500bhp of cars were involved in Motor Trend's eighth 'World's Greatest Drag Race', which threw out some interesting results

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For the second year running, the Motor Trend team is back at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, using its three-mile runway - once used to land the Space Shuttle - for a massive drag race.

A hugely impressive roster of cars is present for the race, resulting in a list that looks like a Forza car pack. But bigger. And without the pointless appearance of a Honda minivan.

Are you ready? Take a look:

McLaren 720S
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Honda Civic Type R
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
BMW M5
Ford Mustang GT PP2
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Quadrifoglio
Kia Stinger GT
Audi TT RS
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Aston Martin Vantage
Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack 1320

There’s also a half-mile battle with some omissions and interesting substitutions, although the viewing of that requires Motor Trend On Demand access, should you want to check out that race.

As for the quarter-mile run, there are a few things we need to talk about, so there are a few spoilers the other side of this image.

'World's Greatest Drag Race' Lives Up To Its Name With 12-Car Showdown - Supercars and Hypercars

The 720S taking the victory should come as a surprise, but we didn’t expect the GT2 RS and Performante to be quite so close behind. The BMW M5 was hugely impressive meanwhile, finishing a mere three tenths behind the Corvette ZR1.

Further back, the Aston Martin Vantage only just beat the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio across the line. Is that embarrassing for the Vantage, or impressive for the Stelvio? We’d say a bit of both…