We, here at TheBlogIsMine, love breathtaking supercar battles, and of all the rivalries within the land of the exotic sports car, perhaps none is as fierce as Ferrari vs. Lamborghini.
And while Ferrari doesn’t exactly have a direct competitor for the absolutely bombastic Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, guys from the Underground Racing may have come up with a suitable (and awesome) solution.
The Ferrari 458 Italia you see here isn’t just your stock coupe. Underground Racing has fitted the Ferrari 458 Italia with its twin-turbocharging system, bringing the Ferrari’s output up to a staggering 700 horsepower â€“ at the wheels.
Now, we’ll go on record right away and say we’re shocked that the team decided to do an acceleration race on a public highway, but nevertheless, it’s clear that the addition of two turbochargers have indeed helped the Ferrari’s performance.
If youâ€™re not aware of just how big a difference there is between 700-hp and 700 horsepower at the wheels, this video should clear things up pretty fast.Â Underground Racing has promised a rematch of the two in the near future, just as soon as it preps a twin-turbo setup for the Lamborghini Aventadorâ€™s V12.
Meanwhile, earlier this year Motor Trend announced the winner of its 2011 Best Driver’s Car competition. The Ferrari 458 Italia took the top honors, beating out the other 10 cars in the field. The annual roundup takes into account several factors, including lapping at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, instrumented testing and street driving.
“What makes a great driver’s car? It’s not brute performance or gut-wrenching grip. A great driver’s car is about balance and finesse, about the quality of the interaction between man and machine,” writes Motor Trend Editor in ChiefÂ Angus MacKenzie.
He continues: “A great driver’s car has the chassis and powertain and brakes and steering that enable the enthusiast driver to confidently explore the limits of its performance enve lope on the track, yet remains engaging and entertaining when driven on the road. A great driver’s car doesn’t dare you to tame it; instead, it helps you maximize your potential.”
Interestingly, the 458 Italia didn’t have the quickest lap time, nor did it record the best straight-line numbers. A Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with the Z07 suspension package and barely street-legal tires managed a blistering 1:34.43 second lap at Laguna Seca, beating the 458 Italia by nearly two seconds. The 458 Italia also fell short of winning the acceleration tests, losing out to the 2012 Nissan GT-R and its all-wheel-drive.