Wednesday August 10, 2022

As technology and manufacturing processes have progressed cars have become faster and far more efficient. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that we’ve seen electric cars rip away acceleration records from old-school gas and diesel-powered vehicles. You might be surprised at what happens when an everyday electric car goes up against an old-school Ferrari supercar though.

As everyday all-electric commuter cars go, the Kia EV6 is what we think of as the benchmark in its class. It’s comfortable, well made, practical, and pretty dang quick too. Powered by a pair of electric motors, it develops a grand total of 320 hp (238 kW) and 446 lb-ft (605 Nm) of torque. Of course, the car it’s drag racing here is no slouch.

Despite coming out more than two decades ago, the Ferrari F355 is still a seriously capable performance machine. According to the folks at Carwow, this one makes 374 hp (278 kW) and 265 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque. Despite the dramatic dip in twisting force, the Italian stallion weighs just 2,976 pounds (1,350 kg), or about 1,631 pounds (740 kg) less than the Kia.

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Despite that, the EV6 actually takes the victory in the very first drag race by more than a car length. As we’ve pointed out in the past, EVs typically don’t take much in the way of skill to get off of the line and once they’re moving it just requires a steady hand to keep them straight. In fact, it’s that launch that the EV6 proves excellent at each time down the runway.

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Of course, where most internal combustion cars have a slight advantage is in the long run where multiple gears make excellent use of power. And it’s on the far end of the strip where the F355 manages to claw back a victory on the second run, and then the third run too.

That same higher-speed advantage enables the Ferrari to take a victory in each of the two roll races that the Carwow team engages in. Despite losing four of the five races that take place, the EV6 never really gets thrashed though, and that’s sincerely impressive.

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Image Credit: Carwow on YouTube


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