The McLaren 720S is one of the quickest supercars you can buy. Despite only driving the rear wheels, it can run the quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds straight from the factory. Give it a few bolt-on mods, and you've got yourself an eight-second rocket ship. It also had the honor of being our 2018 Performance Car of the Year. But in a straight line, the 720S doesn't stand a chance against the Volkswagen ID.R.
The ID.R is VW's purpose-built all-electric time-attack race car, originally built to take on the Pikes Peak hillclimb. It set the record there, before smashing the Nürburgring EV record lap time, then becoming the first vehicle to break the 40-second barrier at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It's safe to say the thing is quick.
Top Gear host (and occasional Road & Track contributor) Chris Harris was lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the ID.R for the latest episode of season 28. In order to show just how explosively quick the VW is, he lined it up against a 720S for a simple drag race. Right from the beginning, it looks as if the ID.R is in fast-forward mode, leaving the McLaren in the dust.
Considering how impressive the 720S, it's crazy to see the ID.R go this much quicker. Electric race cars are mind-bending.