2014 Range Rover Sport Races Supermarine Spitfire: And the Winner Is...
- A 2014 Range Rover Sport SUV and a WWII-era Vickers Supermarine Spitfire engaged in a head-to-head race in a prelude to the upcoming 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
- The Range Rover Sport's 510-horsepower supercharged V8 engine was pitted against the Spitfire's 1,750-hp supercharged V12.
- The Spitfire was the star of the Battle of Britain, while the Range Rover Sport is the automaker's fastest production vehicle to date.
CHICHESTER, England — Two fine examples of British engineering, a 2014 Range Rover Sport SUV and an iconic WWII-era Vickers Supermarine Spitfire, engaged in a head-to-head race in a prelude to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Range Rover Sport, with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that develops 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, can charge from zero-60 in 5.0 seconds, making it the company's fastest production vehicle to date. The Spitfire, star of the Battle of Britain, is powered by a supercharged Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 putting out 1,750 hp. It has a maximum speed of 400 mph and typically accelerates to around 80 mph at takeoff.
The race was held at the Goodwood Aerodrome, part of the estate of Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara, who hosts such events as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, to be held July 12-14 this year. The earl himself was on hand to wish the driver and pilot luck as they prepared for takeoff.
The contest, which took place on a bumpy grass field, was cooked up by FortyOneSix.com, Goodwood's online magazine and social media Web site. It entailed acceleration from a standing start, a drag race to the end of the runway, a U-turn and a sprint back.
Airplanes — even high-performance WWII fighters — aren't known for their hole-shots, so it's not surprising that the Range Rover got off the line first, then accelerated up to 130 mph before braking for the turn. The Spitfire, meanwhile, took some time to get airborne but then pulled a quick half-loop and barrel roll and dove at high speed back to the starting line.
We won't spoil the fun. You'll have to watch the video to find out which British legend emerged victorious.
Edmunds says: Next up, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette vs. F-22 Raptor.