Mar 24, 2008

Happy Flier: High Speed Sports Car vs Fighter Jet -- and the winner is...

You must watch this- it is so awesome!!!

Happy Flier: High Speed Sports Car vs Fighter Jet -- and the winner is...#links

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
High Speed Sports Car vs Fighter Jet -- and the winner is...
I think there is something inherent in all men, at one time or another, to want to drive an incredibly high performance sports car. I plead guilty to that desire, wondering what it would be like to get behind the wheel of a car I will never find on, and take it for a couple of laps around the track at full speed.I've also had dreams about being a fighter pilot; strapping into the cockpit of a high performance jet, racing down the runway with full afterburners, pulling back on the stick, pulling 5 Gs as I race up to 50,000 feet in a matter of seconds.The video below combines both of those fantasies.The producers of Top Gear, a British automotive show, arranged a drag race between one of the most powerful sports cars in the world, the Bugatti Veyron, (cost, about $1.5 million each) and the Eurofighter Typhoon, an air-superiority fighter currently flying for the British, Austrian, German, Italian, and Spanish air forces.The Bugatti can go from 0-190 mph in 18 seconds. The Typhoon's two engines, each with 20,000 pounds of thrust, can easily take it to an altitude of 65,000 feet at 1,500 mph. It can go from brakes-off on the runway to 35,000 feet in two-and-a-half minutes!The two-mile race took place at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. The Bugatti and the Typhoon would start from the same place on the runway. At the start the Bugatti would race down the runway for one mile, turn around as quickly as possible, and go back to the starting line as fast as it could. (And in a Bugatti, that is FAST!) The Typhoon would take off, go straight up for one mile, turn over and come back down the same mile, crossing the finish line at a low altitude.Who will win? Watch the video and see. Enjoy!

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