The weight versus power argument isn't anything new, but we have a feeling this video will prove to you once and for all that a lightweight car is quicker than a powerful car, even in a straight line.
brought together two very different British cars for a drag race to show us just how a couple of tons affects a car's acceleration and all-around performance. They've chosen two opposite ends of the spectrum; a 1179-pound, 180-horsepower, rear-wheel drive Caterham Seven 360R, and a 5148-pound, 550-horsepower, all-wheel drive Range Rover Sport SVR. Both are performance cars, but they go about it in very different ways.
The Range Rover has three times the power of the Caterham two more driven wheels, but is nearly two tons heavier. Even though the SVR is able to put all its power to the ground, the Caterham still beats it off the line, and continues to stay in front all the way to the quarter-mile finish. Why? The engine has less car to displace.
Watch for yourself and see why weight is everything.