A drag race usually involves two cars racing each other under strict conditions to determine who is the fastest over a quarter mile track (400 meters). But what happens when you add another 10 cars into the mix? Well, you get the World’s Greatest Drag Race (WGDR). The WGDR sets twelve ridiculously hot cars against each other in the ultimate short track race. The 2017 race included Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Aston Martin DB11, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lexus LC500, McLaren 570 GT, Mercedes-AMG GT R, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 718 Cayman S, Porsche 911 Turbo S and, a Tesla Model S P100D.
Who took the line honors?
So who took the line honors? The wildly powerful Tesla S P100D absolutely dominated the lineup taking the chequered flag without hesitation. This Tesla model has been making waves in almost every drag race it has been subjected to, beating a range of other incredibly powerful cars.
U.S Airforce gets involved
The WGDR is sponsored and organized by motor magazine ‘MotorTrend’. These guys know what they are doing and have been hosting the event since 2011. While the renowned publication probably doesn't have much trouble getting their hands on 11 hot cars. They still need to find a track long enough and wide enough to handle 11 cars side by side. The track also needs to be consistently pristine to not give one car an advantage over another.
In previous years they had been lucky enough to be able to use the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine, California. But the track has been reclaimed as an urban housing so a new track needed to be secured. Such is the reputation and hype around the race, the publication was able to convince the U.S Air Force to let them use the Vandenberg Air Force Base as the site for the 2017 edition of the race. Tesla is no stranger to the base as it's the location of several SpaceX departures, there is even a supercharger on site.
WGDR 7 is a must see
This drag race was the first of its kind but has since spawned endless copycat races. What sets apart MotorTrend's race, aside from its originality, is its high-quality documentation. The accompanying video of the race is spectacular. It both showcases each vehicle, highlighting the performance and character of each one, it also makes you feel like you are there amongst the action.
This year's video also has a special atmosphere of the active airbase. The Air Force provided a squadron of active airmen and women to assist in the day and the presence of them in their super crisp uniforms gives the whole race an air of serious authority. Drag racing has a long history in motorsport as a way to test regular production vehicles as well as vehicles modified especially for the ¼ mile track. This type of racing also plays a big role in the illegal racing scene.