We recently brought you a great track video (which you can see by clicking here) from leading automotive media outlet Motor Trend. In that video, they raced six high-performance cars, wheel-to-wheel, around the world-famous Laguna Seca Racetrack in California. But Motor Trend has been known for its incredible multi-car drag races, which it has been hosting for eights years. We had to wait a few days after the track battle, but here is the World’s Greatest Drag Race 9.

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A dirty dozen

Compared to their track race where there were just six cars competing, the World’s Greatest Drag Race 9 features no fewer than 12 performance machines. The line-up includes a Toyota Supra, Bentley Continental GT V8, McLaren Senna, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Jaguar XE SV Project 8, Mercedes-AMG GT63S, BMW 850i and M2 Competition, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, an SUV in the shape of the Lamborghini Urus, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Red Eye Widebody.

Barring the Jaguar, Mustang and Challenger, we are privy to all of those cars in South Africa, which is quite something when you compare the size of our two markets. Combined power of the line-up exceeded 5 100 kW, with more turbochargers and gear ratios than you can shake a stick at. Incredibly, the Ford is the only naturally aspirated car in the shootout.

Read our Mercedes-AMG GT63S driving review and watch our video review here.

The challengers were lined up shoulder to shoulder on the 60-metre wide Vandenberg Air Force base main runway. Total length of the airstrip is over 4,5 km, but the cars sprint times were measured over the quarter-mile (400 metres). Since there was a mix of rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicles, not to mention cars that don’t really get into their stride after 400 metres, the race continued to the half-mile mark.

Sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy the World’s Greatest Drag Race 9.