Our drag racing hub currently consists of over 500 articles, featuring countless different combinations of vehicles. There are a fair number of races between a car and a motorcycle, but we’ve never seen a battle quite like this. It’s definitely one of the weirdest combos of all time and that makes it even more intriguing. Let’s look at the contenders first.
On the right is a BMW M3 of the E92 generation. It’s not a stock example though, and some of the modifications include a custom exhaust system, new cold air intake, and stage two ECU remapping. Power is around 430 horsepower (316 kilowatts), channeled to the rear wheels only via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The gearbox is probably the weakest link in this performance coupe, although at around 3,527 pounds (1,600 kilograms), its power-to-weight ratio is very decent.
On the left, in turn, is a Vespa scooter. At a glance, this combo doesn’t make much sense, but keep in mind this is a tuned Vespa with a 150cc single-cylinder engine that puts out 43bhp (32kW). ). Basically, it’s ten times more than factory production and there’s also a new five-disc clutch, bigger carburetor, bigger wheels, and more. With the rider, the weight of the Vespa is approximately 353 lbs (160 kg). Or, simply put, it has ten times fewer ponies and weighs ten times less than the BMW M3. The scooter drives its rear wheels through a four-speed transmission.
The video at the top of this page is almost 13 minutes long and after the vehicles and their drivers are introduced, there is a series of drag races. First, a classic quarter mile race from a standing start followed by a rolling start drag race. Both categories are subject to a best-of-three rule and vehicle performance is recorded with professional measuring equipment. With exactly the same power to weight ratio, these two machines are definitely worth your attention.