Top Gear’s drag races are impressive for a number of reasons, chief among them is that they happen at all, given the U.K.’s weather patterns.
The luck clearly ran out when Chris Harris was set up to do a drag between the Acura NSX, Porsche 911 Turbo, and Audi R8 V10 Plus. The heavens opened before he could get the cars off the line, so the first attempt at a drag race was aborted after the cars nearly ran into each other.
The second race doesn’t go much better. So instead, he lets the R8 go singing in the rain. “It is possible to construct an argument to buy the R8 based on the engine alone,” says Harris. The naturally aspirated V10 launches the car easily through corners and is among the best sounding engines out there.
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Even in the rain, the car is balanced and great around the corners, but, oddly enough, not off the line. In this weather on the tires available, the 911 Turbo walks all over the others and does seem like Harris’s favorite. Watch the race above.
A version of this story originally appeared on VW Vortex
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