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2014 Range Rover Sport Races Fighter Plane

2014 Range Rover Sport Races 1,750hp Fighter Plane

Jul 9, 2013

The Details:

  • All-new 2014 Range Rover Sport fastest production Land Rover to date
  • Rand Rover races 1945 Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Fighter at Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • RRS boasts V8 Supercharged engine and 510hp

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It is not often you see a legend of the battlefield go head-to-head against one of today’s modern vehicles. Land Rover did just that with its fastest production model to date, the 2014 Range Rover Sport (RRS), at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

In a challenge organized by FortyOneSix.com, the famed British 1945 Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Fighter took to the skies over Goodwood Aerodome’s grass airstrip while the RRS showcased its all-terrain agility during the off-road air-to-land race as seen in the video.

Vehicle Breakdown:

  • 1945 Spitfire TR9 V12 Merlin engine with dual stage duel speed supercharger, 1750hp, top speed 400mph, take-off speed 80mph
  • 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged 510hp boasting 0-100km (62mph) in 5 seconds

Race Breakdown:

  • Drag race down grass airstrip before a U-Turn that leads vehicles back down the strip to the start where the first to arrive wins.

To begin the race, the 1945-vintage model Spitfire fighter, piloted by Matt Jones from the Boultbee Flight Academy, lined up beside Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover's Chief Vehicle Integrity Engineer, within the new Range Rover Sport, a supercharged V8 model with 510hp on tap.

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A drag race then commenced. A later U-turn at the end of the strip highlighted the Range Rover’s new Torque Vectoring technology that enables more stable cornering before both headed back to the start. Cross clocked a top speed of 130mph before braking for the mid-race turn and had this to say:

“It's always difficult to find traction from a standing start on grass, but the Range Rover Sport made a great launch off the line. I was surprised by how bumpy the course was as I accelerated up to 130mph, and of course the other extreme challenge is to brake in time for the turn-around, but the car felt composed throughout the whole run.”

Further details here: fortyonesix.com

Sean Russell
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