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With only one horsepower under his hood, the world's greatest racehorse wouldn't necessarily be your first choice in a sprint against the 1183 horsepower Bugatti Veyron, but that hasn't stopped QIPCO – lead sponsors of the – publishing a stats comparison between the two.
QIPCO is a private investment fund jointly owned by six members of the Royal Family of Qatar, so they know a fair bit about owning racehorses and a Veyron (or two).
First, the cost. You can spend anything between $1.7m and $2.3m on a Bugatti Veyron, but that looks like chicken feed compared to theprice-tag of $160m placed on Frankel's head. (And that was before the already champion horse won the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in England yesterday, by an astonishing 11 lengths.)
The Bugatti certainly has the edge when it comes to speed, having topped 268 mph on the track. In contrast, Frankel has achieved a more modest top speed of 41 mph at full throttle on the racecourse. Frankel's also a little slower from the gate, taking nearly 28 seconds to cover the first quarter mile, compared to the Bugatti at a mere 10.5 seconds.
The world's highest-rated racehorse does better when it comes to fuel consumption, consuming 35,000 calories a day, most of which are oats and hay. The Bugatti requires super lead free gas, burning up a gallon of petrol every 11 miles.
Frankel's contribution to greenhouse gases is also significantly lower, with CO2 emissions of just 60g per kilometer compared to the Veyron Super Sport's contribution of 539g over the same distance. However, Frankel's digestive system is rather less sophisticated than the exhaust of the Bugatti so methane production is an unfortunate bi-product...
Against the Bugatti's 8.0 liter quad-turbocharged, W-16 cylinder engine, Frankel has a heart that can deliver 240 beats a minute, pumping 60 pints of blood around the body every sixty seconds of a race. Frankel's air intakes support enormous lungs that draw in 150 liters of air per second, breathing in and out 140 times a minute.
Insurance won't be cheap for either mode of transport. Frankel's annual premium will set you back at least $3.9 million, whereas (here in the UK at least) the typical Bugatti owner's annual premium is likely to be comfortably less than $15,000.
On the downside, a new set of tires for the Veyron would set you back $25,000. In contrast, four new aluminium racing shoes are cheap at a little over $150, including fitting.