When A 7-Year-Old’s Dream Becomes Reality

It is hard to think of anything more stupendous than an actual plane racing a car. It is like a seven-year-old’s dream becoming reality. Pure madness. Usually, extremely hard to pull off too. Well, over the years, some did try to race a plane against a car, and I am here to tell you about the five most memorable instances of that happening. Recently we saw the Huracan Performante racing the Indian Mig 29k in that horribly filmed video, so I am not including that one on the list, but I am including five others. You are about to see how a Bugatti Veyron, Tesla Model S, Porsche 911, Corvette ZR1, and an actual F1 car fair against an RAF plane, Airliner, Red Bull Air Race Plane, U.S. Navy Fighter, and an F-18 Hornet. This is the list of the most epic car vs. plane races ever attempted.

Sure, I may have missed some, but I feel that these five races definitely deserve to be on the list.

That Time When Richard Hammond “Fought For The Germans Against The RAF”

This is easily the best race on the list, and I include it first because why not. Back in 2007, BBC filmed a special race between the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon (then, the most advanced jet fighter on earth) and an actual Bugatti Veyron. It was the third time that BBC’s TopGear tested the Bugatti Veyron and in this instance they made an incredible film tackling the best plane on earth with the fastest car on earth. During the secret filming at the Coningsby runway, Richard Hammond had one task - to cover a mile in the Veyron in one direction and then return to the starting line as fast as possible. At the same time, RAF pilot Flt Lt Jim Walls in his Typhoon F2 had to fly one mile up and cross the “finish” line.

Richard Hammond was quite enthusiastic about the effort and actually pulled a bit in front of the plane at the start of the race. It is a majestic sight to see, really. Then, with afterburners and 40,000 pounds of thrust, the Typhoon F2 surged passed the Veyron and went up one mile. Interestingly enough, the Bugatti Veyron was extremely fast (for a car), but just as Hammond thought that he would be victorious, the Typhoon F2 flew over the Veyron and won the race. It was one of a few instances when a car vs. plane race was conducted the right way.
RAF reported that they were interested in a test like this as a way of "increasing public knowledge of the capabilities and advanced technologies of the Typhoon."

That Time When A Tesla Model S Raced A Quantas Airliner

Despite being made for promotional purposes and as a way of celebrating the Qantas and Tesla partnership, this race between the Boeing 737-800 and the Tesla Model S P90D is one of the most interesting yet. See, I do not remember electric cars ever racing a plane before. This must have been the first instance. And the car in question was the one that featured a Ludicrous mode. You know, the one you turn on when you want to film people in the Model S going crazy for instant YouTube fame. Well, the P90D was capable of accelerating to 62 mph in 3 seconds flat. I do not know how quick the Qantas airliner is, but considering it took off near the end of the race, I’d say, extremely fast. This wasn’t actually a well-executed race as we do not have a clue about the results of the race or the speed Boeing or the Tesla were traveling at. Nevertheless, it is a comparison of epic proportions made in a marketing effort and for a good cause - “to drive innovation for their customers and sustainability in the transport industry.”

That Time When A Porsche 918 Spyder Raced A Red Bull Air Race plane Zivko Edge 540 V3

Ok, it is in German, but you have to watch it. A Porsche 918 Spyder racing a Zivko Edge 540 V3 IS EPIC. And if you really do want to have fun with it, turn on Google auto-translate to read English subtitles. It is as insane as the race itself.
I chose this video over another one where a Corvette ZR1 actually races a Red Bull Air Race plane because this one is so much more fun. The race itself is similar to what we have seen by TopGear. However, as the Red Bull Air Race plane is far more dynamic than the Eurofighter Typhoon, this drag race actually feels like a real drag race. The numbers are incredible, to say the least. As you probably already know, the 918 Spyder is an 887 horsepower beast with one ICE and two electric motors. It costs a million Euros and can hit 62 mph in about 2.5 seconds. On the other hand, the Zivko Edge 540 V3 is powered by a six-cylinder engine with 8.8 liters of capacity. With 360 horsepower, you’d think it is not fast enough, but it tips the scales at only 1,190 lbs. And it is cheaper than the 918 Spyder. A lot cheaper. This Red Bull Air Race plane costs about half a million Euros. Top Speed? 267 mph.
Right off the start, it was obvious that the Porsche 918 Spyder is hilariously quick. The Red Bull plane actually needed quite a bit time to catch up on the 1.5-mile airfield. However, after the turn, where the plane did not lose as much speed as the Porsche, it was only a matter of time, before the Red Bull Air Race place overtook the GRIP host Matthias Malmedie in the 918 Spyder. This race is one of the best out there for sure.

That Time When A Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Raced A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet In The Cringiest Video On The List

Honestly, this one is cringe-worthy. It is a time when Arthur St. Antoine of Motor Trend pitted a Corvette ZR1 against a Blue Angels Fighter Jet. The oldest active flight demonstration squad in the world flies FA-18 strike fighter jets. You’ll find watching this video worthwhile as the host does a really good job of presenting all the interesting facts about the Blue Angels. Just disregard all the cliches.
The race was organized at the Naval air station Pensacola and the rules of the race were quite simple - it is a one-mile drag race. Anyone who crosses the finish line first wins. Simple.
As one may imagine, the race went one way. The 630+ horsepower Corvette ZR1, the most powerful GM car at the time, did not stand a chance in the one-mile race. It was estimated that the FA-18 Hornet was traveling at an astounding 345 mph when it passed the finish mark. At that time, the Corvette was barely halfway through the course. Everyone in their right mind knew that the Hornet is uncatchable, but that isn’t even the point of the video. Watching it, you will learn a lot about the amazing Blue Angel squad and the things they do. One fact stuck in my mind like glue. 10 percent of the pilots that ever served in the Blue Angles were killed in their line of work. That is how incredibly dangerous this job is. Well, just imagine flying your Hornet at 400 mph 3 feet from another one. Yup, that’s what they do on a regular basis.

That Time When A Daniel Ricciardo F1 Car Raced An F-18 Hornet Fighter Jet

Days before the Australian Grand Prix in 2016, Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo (you know, one with that awesome smile), took his F1 car and raced it against an F/A-18 Hornet of Royal Australian Air Force Pilot Michael Keightley at RAAF base at Sale.
We do not exactly know the numbers involved, but it is obvious that mad F/A-18 is the fastest thing that Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 car has ever faced. While the F1 car actually managed to get some lead at the start, as soon as the F/A-18 picked up speed, the F1 car was smoked.

Nothing else was expected.

“The craziest part was looking in my mirrors and seeing a Hornet – I’m just used to other Formula One cars behind me,” Daniel said.
“Having a chance to meet Dan was fantastic,” Flight Lieutenant, Michael Keightley said. “It was interesting to talk about the synergies between our jobs, including the hard work and training we undertake to be able to deliver them.”
Obviously, Daniel and Keightley had an awesome day to enjoy each other’s company showcasing their craft to one another.
I cannot even imagine what this day looked like for both of them. Astounding.

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