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-kilometer) 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 coming in the form of a 6.4-liter V8 under the hood of the potent Dodge Grand Cherokee SRT, which is able to his 62 mph (100 kmh) in under five seconds.
So how does a 461-horsepower (343-kilowatt) super SUV do against a stunt plane? Driven by Ed Morris, also known as the youngest ever British driver ever to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it did better than one might imagine.
Both the stunt plane and the Grand Cherokee SRT were recorded at speeds of up to 140 mph. While the Jeep navigated the twisty course by land, the plane did so around seven-meter 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 one second exactly. The Grand Cherokee finished with an impressive time of 1:13:40, while the plane did it in 1:14:34.