Comparing the 0 to 60 mph time is not enough to fully judge the performance credentials of the car as there is more to the story than just accelerating in a straight line. Nevertheless, it is a quick and easy way to get an idea of how it is dealing with segment competitors. If you need more proof, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is very fast, Brooks Weisblat from DragTimes did some hard launches using a different set of tires with a $556,000 engine.
Running in the original one-year-old Pirelli Pilot Sport Cup 2, the hybrid supercar takes about 2.5 seconds to complete a 0-60 mph run or 2.3 seconds with a one-foot launch. However, the tires were starting to show their age, so Brooks decided to replace the rear tires with a new pair of Toyo Proxes R888R rubbers. The difference between day and night is that the sprint time drops to 2.33 seconds or 2.16 seconds with launch.
It likely won’t make much difference to put the Toyos on the front axle either as the rear wheels struggle with traction due to the massive power generated by the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. It’s worth noting that the new rubber weighs 32 pounds (14.5 kilograms), making it a bit heavier despite being the exact same size as the Pirelli, at 315/30/20.
Brooks also took his Ferrari to the drag strip where he completed the quarter mile in 9.62 seconds at 145.4 mph (234 km/h). Therefore, the SF90 Stradale is one of the fastest accelerating cars on sale today that still has a combustion engine. In fact, Car and Driver managed a 2.0-second sprint at the end of last year and a 9.5-second quarter-mile at 148 mph (238 km/h) on stock tires, albeit with the one-foot launch we mentioned earlier.
As you may recall, Mat Watson of carwow rode the Rimac Nevera in a drag race against last year’s SF90 Stradale to the quarter mile in 8.62 seconds. A few months later, Brooks lowered his time to 8.58 seconds at a trap speed of 167.5 mph (269 km/h).
man behind DragTimes The channel also happens to have a Tesla Model S Plaid, which tops out with a 0-60 mph time of 1.99 seconds on road-legal tires with the launch and 2.16 seconds without it.