The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT put its track skills to the test.
A car taking on a plane is a battle we’ve seen before, though it usually involves a million dollar hypercar and a military fighter jet. This time, a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is taking on a Silence SA100 Twister plane around the Blyton Park Driving center in Lincolnshire, U.K., making it the first time a 4x4 has ever officially raced a plane.
The 1.8-mile (2.89-kilometre) circuit - which is usually reserved for amateur racers and enthusiasts alike - hosted the event for Dodge to honor Hemi’s "fighter plane" heritage. That heritage comes in the form of a 6.4-litre V8 under the hood of the potent Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, which is able to hit 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in under five seconds.
So how does a 461-horsepower super SUV do against a stunt plane? Driven by Ed Morris, also known as the youngest ever British driver to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the SUV did better than one might imagine.
Both the stunt plane and the Grand Cherokee SRT were recorded at speeds of up to 225 km/h (140 mph). While the Jeep navigated the twisty course by land, the plane did so around seven metre-high pylons in the sky as they both raced towards the checkered flag.
The final result was the Jeep actually outgunning the plane by almost exactly one second. The Grand Cherokee finished with an impressive time of 1:13:40, while the plane did it in 1:14:34.