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There is no better test of a vehicle's sheer manliness than a good old-fashioned drag race.

Two machines, two drivers and one long strip of tarmac that serves to separate the wheat from the chaff, the strong from the weak and the deafeningly raucous from the merely noisy.

We have collated some of the most astounding drag-race videos known to man that pit some of the world's greatest machines against one another. Be it a jet plane versus the world's fastest truck or a Bugatti Veyron versus a superbike, the clips below will melt monitors with their sheer awesomeness.

Sit back, turn up the volume and let automotive battle commence...

Ariel Atom VS Citroen DS3 Rally Cross VS BMW HP4 superbike

A triple-header that includes one of the most aggressive, stripped-out track day toys money can buy, a Citroen DS3 with 600bhp and one of the world's most advanced superbikes. The results – at the tail end of the video - will shock and enthral in equal measure.



Aeroplane VS Shockwave Truck

The Shockwave Truck develops a frankly ridiculous 36,000hp thanks to the three jet engines strapped to the back and holds a Guinness Record for the world's fastest truck at 376mph. There's clearly no natural nemesis so best pitch it against a plane...



Isuzu pickup DMAX truck VS Moped

We head to Thailand now, where a 3.0-litre Isuzu pickup takes on a 125cc moped. There's very little information surrounding either combatants but it's safe to say that is one of the scariest scooters we have ever laid eyes on.



Audi RS4 B5 VS Trabant

The East German workhorse doesn't stand a chance against the might of Audi's thoroughly modern super estate, right? You would be very wrong because this is no ordinary Trabant, it is tuned to the point of bursting and east Audis for breakfast.



Porsche 911 Turbo S VS Suzuki GSXR-1000

The Porsche 911 turbo S not only boasts 530bhp but it also features trick four-wheel-drive technology that allows all that power to be seamlessly transferred to the road. But the GSXR has World Superbike legend John Reynolds perched atop the tiny seat. Who wins? Find out below.