It’s the question that everyone would love to know and it took a collaboration between France’s Sport Auto magazine and Lotus Renault GP to find out.

For the magazine’s 600th issue the team decamped to Chateauroux Air Base in the central region of France, with a dozen of the fastest production cars on the planet. Plus of course one F1 car and a Le Mans prototype.

The driver of the LRGP R30 was Nicolas Prost, son of two-time F1 world champion Alain Prost and it wasn’t just a Veyron and F1 Car that the magazine brought along for the test, the 0 – 300 km/h time trial included a Porsche Panamera Turbo S, Pescarolo LMP1 driven by Christophe Tinseau, Audi R8 V10, Cadillac CTS-V, BMW X6 M, Nissan GT-R, Mercedes SLS AMG and a Suzuki Hayabusa ridden by Baptiste Guittet..

Driving the production cars was none other than ex-F1 driver and 4-time Le Mans winner, Yannick Dalmas.

The film features exhilarating footage of the best road cars in the world trying to attain a speed of 300km/h before the R30, driven by Nicolas Prost.

To save you pausing the video, the times recorded were as follows:

Lotus Renault GP Time Trial 0-300 km / h
Lotus Renault GP R30 F1 car 12.10 s
Pescarolo LMP1 15.9 s
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport 19.7 s
Porsche Panamera Turbo S 40.7 s
All the above times were recorded in wet conditions.

Lotus Renault R30 F1 car versus Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Some context..

We’ve extracted a few times from a previous Sport Auto Germany test to provide context to the above and if you’d like to delve deeper and take a look at highly modified tuner vehicles, then I suggest you visit the 0-300-0 section within the Sport Auto website.

Sport Auto Production Car Test – 7th January 2011 0-300 km / h
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 20.7 s
Porsche 911 GT2 RS 28.6 s
Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera Lamborghini 32.3 s
Corvette ZR1 35.4 s
Mercedes SLS AMG 42.2 s
Lexus LFA 50.6 s
Bentley Continental GT Convertible 59.4 s
BMW M3 GTS 54.3 s (0-280 km / h)

Lotus Renault R30 F1 car versus Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Lotus Renault R30 F1 car versus Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

If you’d like to read the full story (and can parles français), the feature will be published in late December together with the final video. Keep an eye on the website or follow them at @SportAutoMag.

As an additional bonus, have published a 16-minute arty teaser of their own. It’s a little odd (i.e. much of the video is silent and in slow motion), but the sound is turned up for the in-car shots, so it’s worth staying with it.

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Steve Davies

Steve is an investor, private equity advisor and former Partner at KPMG, PwC and Bain.   Most importantly he's a life-long car enthusiast, mountain biker and active sports enthusiast. He designs and builds technology platforms and is the architect behind Transmission.

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