Cars being pitted against bikes are often make for interesting tales! Here we have footage of a 2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon taking on a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray in a quarter-mile drag race.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible has a massive 6.2 Liter V8 engine breathing fire under its hood. The powerplant churns out a peak power of 460 hp, and a mammoth torque output of 630 Nm at full grunt. The blazing red car in the footage is piloted by a racing veteran known as Tommy Kendall. He has got enough of experience and wins under his belt, yet the Chevrolet Corvette ends up being smoked by the Ducati Diavel.
In the parallel lane, noted AMA racer Rich Gadson had positioned himself on his 2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon. The evil-looking motorcycle is powered by a 1198 cc L-Twin Testastretta engine. It belts out a peak power of 162 hp, and 130.5 Nm of peak torque. Sure, these figures do look puny as compared to those of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. But then, the V8 of the Chevrolet has to haul around a much larger weight than what the Testastretta is required to.
Now, as the pretty lady finishes her job, both the racers focus on their machines. They begin by warming up their rubber, and the atmosphere becomes quite smoky.
As anticipated, the lighter and much more agile Ducati Diavel is first off the starting blocks. As it launches itself, the massive amount of torque lifts the front end off the tarmac. The Corvette lags a bit in taking off due to its heavier weight. As the race progresses, the Diavel continues to build on its head start. The Corvette can do nothing but only languish at the behind. Exactly 10.214 seconds after the race begun, the Ducati Diavel has crossed the quarter-mile mark.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray takes 2 significant more seconds to reach that line. 12.583 seconds is the time that it registered in the electronic time keeper.
So, what’s the moral of the story? When comparing apples to peaches, take not only the power and torque figures, but the power-to-weight ratio into consideration!
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