It’s become a bit of a customary affair for the McLaren Formula 1 team to sort of do this now: every year or so, they organise to have one of their F1 racers take on a few road-going vehicles, and smash them around a full Formula 1 circuit.
Of course, a straight fight wouldn’t make sense, with the F1 car clearly being the outright quickest thing around. To make it a fairer fight, the road-going vehicles get a bit of an advantage by being sent off first, with the F1 car being release to race much later. You’ll get the concept as soon as you watch one, if you haven’t yet.
We first saw this way back when David Coulthard, racing for the McLaren F1 team, piloted his F1 car against a Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM racer and a C-Class Sport model. Dramatic, but expected results.
In 2012, McLaren were at it again, this time in Australia, facing the legendary Mick Doohan in a C 63 AMG Black Series, and a V8 Supercar. Gary Paffett, the then McLaren test driver, clearly trampled the competition at Adelaide.
Not shy to attempt the same, the Red Bull F1 team repeated the feat at the Australian GP in 2014. Another brilliantly dramatic ending.
And with the British GP only just coming to a close, it was Jenson Button’s turn to claim his fame, against Kevin Magnussen in a street-going McLaren 650 S supercar. The feat was part of a promotional activity of Esso's.
Given its new partnership with Honda, a Civic Sport (Euro) was thrown in for good measure. Here’s the results of that.
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Here’s also a few video of the other attempts we’ve told you about: