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This is one for the ages, a drag race featuring two of the most iconic supercars ever created, one that represents the best in automotive technology at the time from France in the form of the Bugatti EB110, and the other showing off the best of the best from Italy at the time represented by the Ferrari F40. It’s not that easy to pick a favourite in this drag race because back in the day when these cars were new, we had posters of both up on the wall. There’s no doubt that the Bugatti was a beast of a machine that was way ahead of its time with a mind-blowing powerplant that defied logic, but the Ferrari F40 has arguably better lines and styling with more production units that made it a little more famous. The Bugatti EB110 only saw 139 units in existence after its 1991 to 1995 production run. Some sources say just 136 with two development models, but the most quoted figure is that of 139. The Ferrari F40 was produced between 1988 and 1992 and in that time a total of 1,311 were produced. When you compare these early 90s supercars side by side, it does seem that the French contestant was put together a little better than the Ferrari, it just looks more solid and has better finishes. There may also have been less produced than the Ferrari because it would have taken a fair bit longer to assemble the monstrous powerplant that was mated to an all-wheel drive drivetrain. The Ferrari F40 features a carbon fibre/kevlar composite body and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V8 with 352 kW and 577 Nm sent to the rear wheels and was the first series production car to exceed the then-coveted 200 mph (320 km/h) top speed.

The Bugatti EB110 is powered by a small capacity 3.5-litre V12 with four turbochargers strapped on that results in a healthy 410 kW with 637 Nm of torque that was sent to all four wheels, and at the time, the French supercar was capable of hitting 100 km/h in as little as 3.5 seconds and had a top speed of a massive 341 km/h, also giving the car access to the 200 mph club. While there have been plenty of comparisons between these two iconic cars over the years, this new test from Mat Watson and the Carwow crew shows how well these cars have held up by pitting them against each other in a drag race. The Bugatti EB110 used in this awesome test was supplied by the world-renowned Petersen Automotive Museum and the Ferrari F40 was handed over by the curators of the Care Takers Collection. Big up to these places for allowing someone to thrash these multimillion-dollar classics in the name of awesome entertainment. On paper the cars are close, the Ferrari is down on power by 85 kW, but it also tips the scales with 340 kg less weight. Will the all-wheel drive drivetrain on the EB110 make up for that deficit? Well, to get that answer best you click through to the video to check. No matter what the results are, for us here at SXdrv the Ferrari F40 will always remain as the best example of '90s supercar design and performance.

Take a look at the YouTube video that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside because its the one where Mat Watson and the Carwow crew put two of the most iconic supercars ever created up against each other in a good old-fashioned drag race. It was hard to choose a favourite for us, but our money and hearts ended up being behind the F40 - where is your money going?: Ferrari F40 v Bugatti EB110: DRAG RACE | carwow

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