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.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs. Stunt Plane
Jeep has displayed the raw power and speed of its 6.4L V8 HEMI engined Grand Cherokee SRT by becoming the first 4x4 vehicle to race a plane around a track – and winning.
The Jeep vs plane challenge was inspired by the origins of the HEMI engine which was first developed for the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft, and is now, in its latest form, housed under the bonnet of the Grand Cherokee SRT.
Blyton Park Driving Centre, Lincolnshire, hosted the head-to-head around its 1.8 mile circuit and saw both car and plane reach speeds in excess of 140 mph. While the Grand Cherokee SRT tackled the race track, the Silence SA1100 Twister plane navigated around seven-metre high pylons, as they both attempted to reach the chequered flag first.
Capable of reaching 0-62mph in less the five seconds, the 6.4L V8 HEMI powered Grand Cherokee SRT delivers a massive 461hp, and is packed full of high-performance technologies including launch control, Selec-Trac transmission and air-cooled 6 piston Brembo brake callipers which have a stopping distance of 116ft from 60-0mph.
The Grand Cherokee SRT was driven by Ed Morris – the youngest ever British driver to compete at Le Mans 24 hour, while the Silence SA1100 Twister plane was flown by Peter Wells, a specialist aerobatic pilot with over 25 years of flying experience.