New Range Rover Sport races Spitfire at Goodwood's grassy runway [video]

We have seen plenty of supercars racing planes on runways, but this looks to be a first time an SUV goes against a plane. And not on a typical runway, the race takes place on a grassy runway.

Here we have the new Range Rover Sport, company’s fastest SUV to date and legendary Vickers Supermarine Spitfire in an interesting challenge at grass airstrip at Goodwood Aerodrome.

The race involves a straight drag run down and back on the runway, punctuated by a nimble U-turn.

The 510 hp Range Rover Sport was piloted by Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Vehicle Integrity Engineer, who managed to top a speed of 130 mph before braking for the mid-race turn.

The Vickers Supermarine Spitfire lined up for the contest is a 1945-vintage model, piloted by Matt Jones from the Boultbee Flight Academy. Powered by a 1,750bhp V12 Merlin engine, it has a maximum airspeed of 400 mph, and its typical acceleration on take-off is up to 80mph before the wheels leave the ground.

Watch these two Brits battle in the video below.


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