The bike weighs 165 kilos and packs 210 horsepower. The car weighs 1,235kg and has 513bhp. Can McGuinness on the Honda beat the Stig in the McLaren...?
For their July issue last year, Top Gear had gotten John McGuinness to drive a Ferrari 458 and McLaren MP4-12C for them at the Isle of Man. This year, for their September issue, TG have got McGuinness to come out and play with them again. Only, this time The Morecambe Missile is up against the infamous Stig. It’s McGuinness and his TT Legends Fireblade versus the Stig and a McLaren MP4-12C GT.
John’s TT Legends Honda Fireblade’s race-prepped engine kicks out 210bhp. The bike weighs 165kg, which means a power-to-weight ratio of 1.27:1. Top speed is 320km/h. The Stig’s machine is a McLaren MP4-12C GT, a car which is competing in this year’s FIA GT1 championship. It weighs 1,235kg and its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 513 horsepower. The power-to-weight ratio is 0.415:1, barely a third of the bike’s number.
So how did it pan out? McGuinness did a best lap time of 1 minute and 17.4 seconds, which was soundly thrashed by the Stig, whose best lap time was 1 minute and 13.2 seconds. How did this happen? Well, the bike had potholes and uneven tarmac and slippery surfaces to contend with, while the car, with its full aero package (which boosts downforce…) and four fat and grippy tyres, simply steamrolled the circuit into submission.
Maybe this just shows that sometimes, even one of the fastest, most talented motorcycle roadracers in the world can’t beat the Stig in a fast car around a racetrack…
Source: Top Gear