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Pitting NASCAR driver Carl Edwards in his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion Sprint Cup Series car against the McLaren MP4-12C (presumably driven by resident hot shoe Tanner Foust) at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the episode takes two extremes and aims to see which is best.
Of course, the MP4-12C is giving up the home field advantage, as a purpose-built stock car is a bit of a different beast from a luxurious, high-tech road-going supercar. At about 750 horsepower (without the restrictor plate--about 450 hp with it) and 3,400 pounds, the typical Cup car is nothing to be trifled with.
On paper, however, the MP4-12C might have enough in its bag of tricks to make up the disadvantage: at 616 horsepower and about 3,200 pounds curb weight, it's right in the middle of the Cup car's available power-to-weight ratios, and it offers mid-engine balance, high-tech driver aids, and a dual-clutch transmission to maximize its raw materials.
Which do you think will win?