7 November 2013
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We took a McLaren 12C to Rockingham Motor Speedway to face its toughest challenge yet. Could it outpace a Honda Civic BTCC racer driven by former champion Gordon Shedden and the pairing of 2013 British Superbike champion Alex Lowes and his Samsung Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade?

Which would set the fastest lap? Would the Civic's superior grip make up for the power deficit? Would the McLaren be too much to match on the straight? Or would the 'Blade offer a blend of light weight and high performance impossible to match? Steve Sutcliffe referees.

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Dark Isle 7 November 2013

Ah OK

Perhaps you have to be into racing to appreciate this video, which I have to honest I found incredibly tedious.
T Russell 7 November 2013

Track Bike v Track Car v Macca

Well nice to see the "oh no bike beats car" brigade getting on their high horses. This test is not definitive, just subjective and very good at that. Don't get me wrong I'm a biker and was duly surprised the bike won, mind you Lowes is a super rider. If you picked joe average bike rider and joe average car driver I can assure you that either car would win 99 times out of a hundred if not 100 times Bring on the rain - lol why don't you bring on the snow, then a snowmobile will win - ffs The most surprising thing for me was the BTCC car beating the Mc Claren but that's the superiority of race tyres for you
oaffie 7 November 2013

Yes bring on the rain...

...proper wet tyres on the bike, same for the BTCC, I'm pretty sure the result would be more or less the same. The McLaren would be no better than the others in the rain with all those torques. 7 Seconds is a massive difference in one lap. Over a 30 lap race that would be 3 and half minutes! And that's on a tight twisty circuit like Rockingham which isn't the best place to get the most out of a bike. Enjoyed the video and wouldn't mind having any of those machines in my garage.