This car v bike drag race is different, because both vehicles are made by the same company. Sort of.
Iconic Italian sports bike company Ducati isnâ€™t really Italian any more. These days, itâ€™s owned by Audi. What better excuse â€“ sorry, reason â€“Â for taking two of â€˜Audiâ€™sâ€™ fastest products along to the two-mile straight at Bruntingthorpe in the Midlands to find out which one will get through the classic acceleration tests quicker.
Representing the car fraternity we have theÂ Audi R8. Itâ€™s not the Plus version: itâ€™s â€˜onlyâ€™ the regular R8. But even that has four-wheel drive, launch control, and a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine pumping out 540bhp.
In the one-wheel drive corner we have a Ducati Panigale V4. Again, itâ€™s not the very sportiest Panigale â€“Â that would be the 3kg lighter V4 S â€“ but this four-cylinder monster from Ducati still manages to generate a whopping 211bhp from just 1103cc â€“Â and thatâ€™s without a turbo, too.
It does have launch control, though, just like the R8, so maybe itâ€™s going to be a closer battle than you might think.
Letâ€™s find out which is first from nought to 60mph, from nought to 100mph, and then on through the standing quarter and half mile marks. And letâ€™s see what magically happens to the Ducati when it reaches 186mphâ€¦