While we’re getting all giddy and excited over the prospect of the new BMW F90 M5, with its 600-plus hp, there are owners of the F10-generation M5 that laugh at that number. Because of the incredible strength of the M5’s 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8, unbelievable power outputs are possible with just some minor tweaking. A good example of that is the Evolve F10 M5, a car Evolve Automotive nicknames “The Great White”, on account of it being…white.
Evolve’s F10 M5 has only had their Stage 1 ECU tune done to it, with no hardware modifications done to the powertrain at all. The only mechanical changes done to the M5 were wheels and suspension, that’s it. The ECU tune, though, seems to be enough, as it turns the 4.4 liter V8’s power up from 560 hp to 710 hp. Those are many horsepowers. Even when compared to some supercars.
The supercar in this drag race is the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, which is the standard Huracan, if you can call any Huracan “standard”. It develops 602 hp from its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine. Now, we don’t know if the Huracan has been modified in any way, but it doesn’t seem to have been. Admittedly, it doesn’t really need to be to take on the Evolve M5, because its power-to-weight ratio is still probably right there with it, despite the Evolve M5 having over 100 hp more, as the Lambo is significantly lighter. It also has all-wheel drive, compared to the M5’s rear-wheel drive.
The race actually starts off pretty evenly, as expected. The Lamborghini makes up for its power disadvantage with its lighter weight and better traction. But about half way through the race, the Evolve M5’s power advantage catches up and it walks away from the Lamborghini. That’s damn fast for a big, heavy car because the Huracan can get from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and top 200 mph. So kudos to the folks at Evolve Automotive, as they’ve built a helluva car.
[Photo Source: Evolve]