Auto enthusiasts probably know the airplane versus supercar schtick pretty well at this point. It’s old hat. Or is it?
It’s a different kind of drag race that will be taking place in Longmont, Colo. today – one between a Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition and an Eclipse 500 executive jet. In this case, Lexus is pitting the car against a jet, but in a different kind of race. This time, the airplane will have a flying start while the LFA will sprint to reach it from a standstill. But it doesn’t end there. Instead, the car and plane will also have to take a sharp u-turn and race back to the starting line.
When the jet passes Scott Pruett, who will be in the LFA, it will already be travelling roughly 170 mph but that might not matter.
The track will offer close to a mile-long straightaway and the LFA Nurburgring edition will have the chance to run toward its more than 200 mph top speed and exhibit its improved handling characteristics.
The race takes place today, and Paul Williamsen, national manager of the Lexus College, explains it below.
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