Guys, this is one area I know you only find in big-budget action thrillers but we are about to witness this going down for real, no movie tricks and no video cuts. So, some guys at TopGear decided they will test the Mclaren built speed demon, McLaren Speedtail for pace against the most advanced fighter jet in the world, the F-35 Lightning II.
I don't know how they came up with such a crazy idea but the buzz generated by the battle has been short of frenzy, an experience I wouldn't want you our amazing viewers of Naijauto to miss. That's why I am bringing you the video clip that show how it all went down. But before then, I'll like to wet your appetite with some really cool facts about both amazing works of engineering.
1. McLaren Speedtail
The Mclaren Speedtail is definitely the coolest speed demon to come off the McLaren Technology Centre facility. Mclaren itself says it is the Speedtail that is the most aerodynamically efficient car ever produced by the British company. The first models of the Speedtail left the McLaren working facility in 2019 and are regarded as Mclaren's first-ever Hyper-GT supercar.
It comes with a 4.0 Liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that comes along with a parallel hybrid e-Motor system, with the capability to deliver an amazing 1036 hp of dry power. This power system makes sure the Speedtail graces the 250 mph top speed with so much ease while clearing the 0-186 mph lap in just 13 seconds. The McLaren Speedtail has an asking price of about $2 Million or approximately ₦779 Million.
The McLaren Speedtail comes with a 4.0 Liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine
The Speedtail reaches a top speed of 250 mph with every ease
2. F-35 Lightning II
The F-35 Lightning II is by far the most advanced stealth fighter jet yet. The F-35 was chiefly funded and developed by the United States and is under the inventory of the US Airforce and the Royal Airforce of Great Britain. The Variant utilized in the pace game was the F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing Variant which has a price tag of about $122 million or something in the region of ₦47.5 Billion. (That's almost the size of Nigeria budget, surely one reason you won't see it among the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force NAF.
The F-35 costs a whooping ₦47.5 Billion
The F-35 has a maximum speed of 1200 mph which is 1.6 times the speed of sound
I really don't know why these guys felt the need for this battle, because looking at the maximum speed of the F-35, you have no other option than to ask for the rationale for it. Seeing that the Speedtail's maximum speed capacity is dwarfed by what the Pratt & Whitney built F135 engine of the F-35B produces. The F135 engine powers the F-35B fighter jet to a maximum speed of about 1200 mph which is almost 4 times the speed of the Speedtail and 1.6 times the speed of sound.
And oh before we see the battle, the F-35 is capable of entering enemy space stealthily and will not be seen by the enemies radar system and can also see enemy fighter jets from a distance without being noticed, utilizing the Northrop Grumman built Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fire-control radar (AN/APG-81) and the Distributed Aperture System (AN/AAQ-37) to achieve this.
This video clip shows how it all went down. Are you Ready???
Video: McLaren Speedtail vs F35 Fighter Jet
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