Race Car vs. Boeing 777 Jet

Last week, there was a peculiar spectacle at New Zealand's Auckland airport: a race between the A1 Grand Prix Black Beauty (driven by Jonny Reid) and an Air New Zealand Boeing 777 (piloted by Captain Dave Morgan).

"It was just fantastic, a mind blowing experience," an exhilarated Reid said after the unusual match-up of the aircraft's brawn versus the car's beauty.

Reid said he was "quite relaxed, enjoying the scenery" as Black Beauty reached 290km/h on the tarmac.

Predictably, environmentalists weren't amused:

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said the race seemed to be an "unnecessary waste" and questioned how the footage would boost tourism. "How exactly is that going to improve our image as the most sustainable nation in the world? What do we want to be known for internationally?"

Oh, and here are the answers to the two obvious questions: The plane won the first round when it was given a headstart of about 8 seconds, and the car won in the second round when the plane's headstart was cut in half. And no, they didn't close the airport down, they just squeezed the race in between take-offs and landings.

Link - Thanks Andrea-Ja McCallum!

Here's the YouTube clip:


[YouTube link]


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Top Gear (one of which's presenters is featured in the Omaha Battle clip) recently pitted a Bugatti Veyron against an RAF Typhoon jet. However in this race, there was a mile out and in-bound leg. And the jet went up the same distance the car went forwards.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=fBfNzxILKMk
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Who cares what the environmentalists think. Ask race car fans or speed junkies what they think, they're obviously going to be more entertained by something like this.

So someone wasted a few thousand gallons of fuel on a publicity stunt, big deal.
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Of course "the environmentalists" aren't amused. It's a pretty pointless and dumb stunt, considering NZ tries to promote it's "clean and green" image (which is a pretty thin cover anyways unfortunately).
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