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New Range Rover Sport races the mighty Spitfire aircraft at Goodwood

By PetrolHead on 13 Jul 2013

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Two examples of British engineering, the new Range Rover Sport and the legendary Supermarine Spitfire, have engaged in a unique duel to measure their off-road mastery. The Range Rover Sport, the fastest production Land Rover to date, representing the latest advances in all-terrain performance has been pitted against Britain’s most famous fighter aircraft in a high speed off-road race along the grass airstrip at the Goodwood Aerodrome in Sussex.

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Land Rover was invited to take part in the challenge, formulated by Goodwood’s FortyOneSix.com website. It provided a perfect curtain raiser for the Festival of Speed weekend, where the new Range Rover Sport will be making its U.K. debut.

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The race – the first of its kind at the airfield – involved a straight drag run down and back on the runway, punctuated by a nimble U-turn. It was particularly challenging being conducted on the bumpy grass airfield, notorious for being a low traction surface.

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The Vickers Supermarine Spitfire lined up for the contest was 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 643km/h, and its typical acceleration on take-off is up to 128km/h before the wheels leave the ground, making it a strong contender for victory against the Land Rover.


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Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Vehicle Integrity Engineer, was at the wheel of the All New Range Rover Sport powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 model with 510bhp. Even though grass is one of the most challenging terrains, Cross still managed to clock a top speed of 209km/h before braking for the mid-race turn.

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Cross explained that Land Rover was pleased to take up the challenge, “The team couldn’t resist the challenge laid down and to race such a British icon. 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 209km/h, 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.”

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