"EDP: "Top Gear Hosts Second Car-Versus-Fighter-Jet Challenge"

soleil

War Hero
"Top Gear's most explosive challenge yet pits an F-35B Lightning jet from RAF Marham in a race with a McLaren Speedtail.

Fans of the BBC2 show will be able to watch the mismatch at 8pm on Sunday, February 2.

The F-35B Lightning is the most advanced and dynamic fighter jet in the RAF's history, while McLaren claims that its new hypercar has a top speed of 250mph, which makes it the company's fastest production car.

Meanwhile, the fifth generation, multi-role, stealth fighter cost £100m, has guns, and boasts a top speed of 1.60 Mach, which is about 1217mph.

Philip Fleming, Head of Communications, Brands & Content at BBC, said: "It's one of the key sequences in Sunday's Top Gear show. Presenter Chris Harris is testing a McLaren Speedtail against the F-35 Lightning."

A spokesman for Top Gear said: "McLaren has a new hypercar which cost £2m and will do 250mph. It looks like a spaceship.

"Meanwhile, the RAF has a new fighter jet. It cost £100m, has guns, and can land vertically. To be short, it's the type of machine that you'd be utterly daft to challenge to a race. So Chris and fellow presenter Paddy McGuinness grabbed a Speedtail and went to RAF Marham to test them.

"It's more than a decade since the Top Gear original car-versus-fighter-jet epic, which saw Richard Hammond pit a Bugatti Veyron against a Eurofighter Typhoon. It's time for a rematch, which is faster, more explosive and spectacular."

The Lightnings flew from America to their new home at RAF Marham last year.

The station is also home to a range of engineering support functions from maintenance to frontline support.

Earlier this week, F-35 Lightning jets from RAF Marham landed on Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the North Sea, to begin training flights in UK waters.

The jets are flying daily to and from the ship's deck, giving the pilots experience in operating from a floating airfield in both daylight and at night.

Neither the Ministry of Defence nor RAF Marham wished to comment on the Top Gear challenge ahead of the airing of the programme.







 
Spoiler alert:
The car will be faster over the first couple of hundred metres and then the plane will go sailing past.
It would be more interesting against a proper Lightning
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From about 6 minutes in..... accelerating through Mach 1 at 37000 feet...
 

Yokel

LE
In the Jeremy Clarkson days, Top Gear did this with a RN Sea Harrier vs Jaguar (and the Stig) from one of the old carriers:


I wonder if they will do the same thing from HMS Queen Elizabeth?

There is an old (eighties) car commercial from France were a Renault (I think) was flung off the front end alongside an Eterndard IV only for a submarine to surface with the car on her casing.
 
The real question is “Can Paddy McGuinnes outrun an AIM9?”
I hope we get to find out.
 

soleil

War Hero
There is an old (eighties) car commercial from France were a Renault (I think) was flung off the front end alongside an Eterndard IV only for a submarine to surface with the car on her casing.
See the next post.
 
I would like to see an F35 hover above any car containing Paddy McGuinniss and see how he likes being baked like a Greggs pastie/dummy. I would also like to see Paddy McGyinness on Mastermind against said pastie and other Greggs delights. I know if it happened who my money would be on in a Paddy Power bet.
 
IIRC, Hammond had to drive a mile, u-turn, and come back while the Typhoon had to take off, fly a mile high,then return.
What form will this take?
 

philc

LE
Watched it and was impressed, both the car and plane, its a good story and the public enjoy this sort of stuff.
 

Ritch

LE
Watched it and was impressed, both the car and plane, its a good story and the public enjoy this sort of stuff.
I think I watched it with a smile on my face.

As a whole, I'm really loving this new, new Top Gear. The three guys have a good chemistry and stuff is genuinely funny.
 

Yokel

LE
I want to see a sports car going of the ramp of the carrier to see if they can lob it into the air and land it - somewhere. I once saw a TV show in which Tiff Needall used Maths to determine the speed he needed to jump a broken bridge.

Same principles (apart from lift). Make STEM learning fun!
 

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