English Civil War: Range Rover Sport vs The Spitfire

Monday, July 8, 2013 15:34 by
 

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To warm us up for next week’s Festival of Speed at Lord March’s Goodwood Estate, the organizers came up with an amazing, all-British event. It sees a 2014 Range Rover Sport, fresh from breaking the Pikes Peak record for road-going SUVs, racing a Spitfire World War II fighter plane.

To spice things up even more, the two British icons met over the grass airstrip at Goodwood Aerodrome. The race – the first of its kind at the airfield – involved a straight drag run down and back on the runway, and U-turn. We won’t spoil the results for you. Watch the action below:

As for the specs of these amazing machines, the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire has a 1,750bhp V12 Merlin engine, which gives it a top speed of 400mph. Its takeoff speed is about 80 mph on the ground, which made the battle with the Range Rover a very close fight. The Range Rover Sport is powered by a supercharged V8 engine that churns out 510 horsepower. The new model is 420 hp lighter than its predecessor, which is a very welcome change.

The 1945 Spitfire was piloted by Matt Jones from the Boultbee Flight Academy, and the Range Rover by Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Vehicle Integrity Engineer.

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