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Best viral car videos of 2016

By Wheels staff, 06 Jan 2017 Features

Best viral car videos of 2016

From the fast to the curious, from a Ford Falcon blitzing a Lamborghini to Shane van Gisbergen in a V8 drift machine, here are five videos that got people talking in 2016.

Ford Falcon decimates Lamborghini in drag race

It seems like such a simple equation. A $400,000 V10-powered Italian supercar, and a four-door Australian family car in a head-to-head drag race on the quarter mile – who wins?

We have become accustomed to electric cars, like the Tesla Model S, surprising high-horsepower monsters at the strip, but this is perhaps the most shocking pair-up on Australian soil we have seen.

OK, we already told you in the headline, but it’s still worth watching – just don’t blink, or you’ll miss it.

LaFerrari vs Motorcycle in tyre-frying tug of war 

We’re not sure why these crazy Italian guys have done this, we just know they’ve done it.

Not only did they affix a tow bar to a Ferrari LaFerrari but they hooked it up to one of the most powerful motorcycles available currently, a KTM 1290 Super Duke.

There is a twisted enjoyment gained from watching one of the most exclusive, powerful, and expensive cars in the history of the automobile being strapped to a 180-horsepower, $23,500 motorcycle for the sole purpose of burning some rubber and generating some light entertainment.

BMW M4 DTM racecar laps Nurburgring in stonking 6:14  

It’s not often a fully-fledged DTM racecar gets to attack the full Nurburgring Nordscheife, so it was a pretty special day when Augusto Farfus Jr was allowed to take a current-spec BMW M4 DTM car around the fearsome circuit.

The Nurburgring 24 Hour winner cut a number of laps of the Green Hell as part of a promotion for Shell Helix, taking several lucky passengers for hot laps.

And although it looks like Farfus Jr isn’t pushing the car to the limit, the ‘Bridge to Gantry’ time was a scorching 6:14. For reference, the bonkers Pagani Zonda R recorded a 6:47 on the full circuit, while the Ferrari 599XX’s best effort was a 6:58.

Shane van Gisbergen in a V8 Supercar turned drift car

We can never get enough drifting or V8 Supercars, so when the Gis drifted a Triple Eight Racing Commodore around Sydney Motorsport Park at night we were suitably chuffed along with 190,000 other viewers.

With van Gisbergen behind the wheel, the V8 Superdrifter is a serious smoke weapon and allows the 27-year-old to chuck the car into corners at obscene angles. And it looks well naughty at night.

Ford Mustang pulls off epic 975m drift  

The Catalunya Grand Prix circuit is a state-of-the-art racetrack with a butter-smooth surface and sweeping curves for the best Formula One, MotoGP, and GT3 drivers and riders in the world to attack at full speed.

But the Spanish track is more renowned for grands prix than the tyre-frying antics of drifters so Formula D (Drift) champion Vaughn Gitten Jr decided it was time to challenge the stereotype by drifting his Mustang RTR drift car almost a solid kilometre through the first four sweeping turns.

BONUS VIDEO - Rounding up four cars in a single corner = epic

In the world of motorsport, nothing puts your competitor in their place like passing them around the outside of the corner.

With this in mind, Kevin Eriksson shamed four of his competitors so badly, someone might need to go and check if they are doing okay.

Watch how the Swedish driver pulls off the most impressive overtake in motorsport this year, and one of the best of the decade, at the World Rallycross Championship finale in Germany.

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