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This is an oldie but a goodie. 

Top Gear is known to make the impossible possible. Such as building bridges for cars to cross rivers, homemade ambulance challenges, amphibious cars and ‘growing’ their own petrol. And, let's be honest here, sometimes they even succeed!

However, what could they possibly do to a VW Beetle – which, by the way, was formulated by the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, to mass-produce cheap and simple cars for his country’s new road network in 1938 – that would make it possible to beat a Porsche Turbo in a drag race. Aaaaand... NO, they did not install a twin turbo V8 engine.

There it is, two cars, one race. Held on a vast salt flat in South Africa, a Porsche Turbo Convertible – which can reach a top speed of 320km/h – and a regularly red VW Beetle line up at the start of the race, each travelling the same distance. 

Maybe the laws of gravity can be manipulated in favour of the VW... let's see!

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