A new Range Rover Sport has taken on a Supermarine Spitfire WWII fighter at the Goodwood Aerodrome.

The race involved a sprint down the grass runway, followed by a U-turn and a further sprint back to the finish line.

The Spitfire used for the challenge was built in 1945 and piloted by Matt Jones from the Boultbee Flight Academy.  The Spitfire, with its famous 1,750bhp V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, has a maximum airspeed of 400 mph, with a typical take-off speed of 80 mph.

The Range Rover Sport was driven by Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Vehicle Integrity Engineer, and he’d chosen a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 model with 510 hp.  He managed a top speed of 130 mph on the grass before braking for his mid-race turn.

Speaking after the race, Cross said: “It’s always difficult to find traction from a standing start on grass, but the Range Rover Sport made a great launch off the line. I was surprised by how bumpy the course was as I accelerated up to 130mph, and of course the other extreme challenge is to brake in time for the turn-around, but the car felt composed throughout the whole run.”

Want to see who won?  Watch the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1FN2oPEs0g