Drag racing is drastically different from track racing, the cars used for these two purposes being so far apart that it’s hard to compare them at times. Now, when you bring Ferrari into the conversation, drag racing is not what comes to mind. The Italian manufacturer is known more for its agile cars, that can go around a corner just as fast as they would in a straight line. But what about the BMW M6?
BMW’s M models have long been regarded as a perfect blend between daily comfort and some track day prowess. The BMW M6 is one of the bruisers of the range, not so light on its feet but definitely being able to put the power down. And a lot of it as well, especially if a tuner such as Manhart gets involved.
Their MH6 kit can take the power output of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood up from the standard 560 HP and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) to 734 HP and 939 Nm (693 lb-ft). That’s enough for any car, even if it weighs nearly two tons as the BMW M6 does. And that’s what the Ferrari 458 Italia in the video below felt without a doubt.
As we said, Ferraris aren’t necessarily dragsters but they can usually hold their own. In this case though, the power difference was just too big for the Italian to keep up. Being a standard 458 means the Ferrari had 570 HP and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) to rely on, coming in from a naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8. Sure, the weight factor works in its favor, the 458 Italia being rated at just 1,485 kg (3,274 lbs) but as you’re about to see, in the end, not even that wasn’t enough.