Two mid-engine exotic sports cars from Europe here although with two very different approaches. The Lamborghini Huracan has the larger 5.2 liter motor with two extra cylinders although it produces less horsepower than the McLaren 650S at 610 and less torque at 412 lb-ft.

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The 650S as its name implies has 650 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque courtesy of a twin turbocharged flat-plane crank M838T 3.8 liter V8. This power and torque is sent to the rear wheels instead of all four wheels like the Huracan. Both features dual clutch transmissions although the rear wheel drive layout on the McLaren makes it roughly 250 pounds lighter.

On paper the way this should go down is the Huracan gets a slight lead off the line until the 650S catches and pulls away which should happen quickly. More power, more torque, less weight, and a more efficient drivetrain. This is all 650S after the launch.

The 650S indeed takes the victory but the Brits at CAR provide no useful drag racing data as per the usual. Still cool to see of course.