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Sports car drag race

When it comes to sports cars, manufacturers go on at length about how their models are kinder to your wallet, kinder to the environment and have more space than their rivals to accommodate your children.
The range of driver-oriented sports cars currently available come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whether you enjoy going solo in a pared-back lightweight, or would rather manhandle a big-engined bruiser on the school run, there is something just for you.

However, for all their individual plus points, the simple fact of the matter is that a sports car is nothing if it isn't fast, which is why has brought together five of the newest and most exciting sports coupes together for a drag race.

It's a diverse range of offerings, too. From the stylish and affordable Audi TT and Toyota GT86, to the heavy-hitting Nissan 370Z Nismo and Porsche Boxster.

Finally, the diminutive Lotus Elise S Club Racer is included, to show the benefit of modest power allied to a flyweight body.

Take one quarter-mile strip of tarmac and a man for a flag, and you have the simple but effective recipe for ranking these supposed speed kings.

Sit back, click play and enjoy a motoring test done the, er, scientific way.

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