This video may be controversial and/or annoying to some. For the record, the two cars featured in the clip are said to be no be roadworthy. Whether they’re destined for a pile of trash is unknown, but after these brutal machine torture tests, there’s not much to be done with them as they are both basically paperweights. At least they died in battle.
What we have here is a Japanese-versus-German fight for engine durability, compiled by the crew at carwow. Representing Japan is the Lexus LS 430 2000, packing a 4.3-liter V8 that once made 280 horsepower. The German team was brought in by the 2001 BMW 735i, using a slightly smaller 3.6-liter V8 producing 270 hp. That means it had 270 hp when it was new – both cars obviously lead tough lives so who knows how much power they have at the start of this video.
However, at the end of the video we can conclude with some authority that the power output is roughly zero. Both engines were drained of oil, started, and kept running until each expired. The million dollar question is, which engine dies first? After idling laps, intermediate laps, and full-speed brutality against the lap limiters, the Lexus stuttered and died in 1 minute, 20 seconds.
Meanwhile, the big Bimmer keeps going. It endured the same abuse, but with Lexus off, BMW started a few winning laps. For another 6 minutes, the 735 howled a V8 song while tossing the rooster’s tail and spinning the donut until it finally released the ghost. It ended up running without oil for 7 minutes 34 seconds, far surpassing the Lexus. This is a victory for Germany.
Of course, there are many unstated or unchecked variables in this show of destruction. We’re not told how many miles are in this car, though we can at least see 163,965 shows the Lexus. There is also no mention of the condition of the engine before the test, other than that both cars are still running. We don’t know the history of the car’s maintenance, the oil used, and there was no attempt to revive the car after it died. BMW closed with the famous pop, but Lexus just stuttered and stopped. It’s entirely possible the old LS 430 isn’t really dead yet.
Could this machine have been salvaged prior to testing? Are they worth saving? We’ll never know, but the message is clear: If you value your car and experience a loss of oil pressure while driving, pull over and stop the engine as quickly as possible.