Video: Bugatti Veyron vs Ferrari LaFerrari

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Supercar drag race
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In the world of supercars, there's only one way of sorting the men from the boys: a drag race.

Your chosen performance machine may have the on-paper credentials to outstrip any hypercar, but if it doesn't do the business where it really matters – on Tarmac – then it's nothing but an expensive posing pouch.

And when it comes to drag races, this one filmed at a recent high-speed event, has to be amongst the best, pitching together two automotive giants: the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, formerly the fastest production car in the world, and Ferrari's latest hypercar, the LaFerrari.

While at first glance this seems like just another automotive face-off, the cars in question represent different eras in automotive performance; the Veyron representing the pinnacle of conventional combustion engine power, and the Ferrari being amongst the most cutting-edge sports cars on the planet, with its F1-style electric power boost.

The raw facts are these: the Veyron has 987bhp and will cover the 0-62mph sprint in 2.6 seconds, while the Ferrari boasts 950bhp and covers the same sprint in "under three seconds" according to its maker.

Which will win? Place your bets now.