Heh, its all about the physics baby. A 300hp bug motor with the weight over the driving wheels pushing 1800lb's can accelerate faster than the much heavier Ferrari with the driving wheels and motor in the wrong place. The bug driver even spazed a bit coming out of the gate, then blows by the Ferrari about mid track.
20 years ago I had a warmed over 66' Beetle with racing heads, Crane cam, lightened flywheel, etc that could take a Corvette every time at a stoplight. It was always a "teachable moment" for the Vette guys ;->