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Old 12-18-2003, 04:15 PM   #1
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12/18/2003: F1 versus fighter jet



Elspode sent this along. This week the Cellar has sprouted a "girl talk thread" and a "guy talk thread" and here is what should be the ultimate guy talk question.

Who would win a race between a Formula 1 race car and a fighter jet?

Well, why not line 'em up and find out? Why not put Michael Schumacher, the finest F1 driver, against an Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet for a good ol-fashioned two out of three?

And so that's what they did. One each of 600, 900, and 1200 metres.

And the jet won, 2 out of 3.
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Old 12-18-2003, 04:33 PM   #2
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Now let's see which one can jump over the grand canyon !
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Old 12-18-2003, 05:08 PM   #3
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I hate when they do this. It's so stupid...

Jets aren't meant to reach their highest speeds or accelerate as fast as a car.

It's like the man vs horse race. Man will ALWAYS beat a horse on a suficiently short stretch.

It proves nothing at all...ugh.
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Old 12-18-2003, 05:46 PM   #4
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Wow! That's a pretty impressive turning radius considering that you don't have any contact with the ground!
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Old 12-18-2003, 07:51 PM   #5
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Wow! That's a pretty impressive turning radius considering that you don't have any contact with the ground!
Oh dear.
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Old 12-18-2003, 08:44 PM   #6
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Feh!

Put a NHRA drag racer out there and see what happens.
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Old 12-18-2003, 09:33 PM   #7
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If a top fuel dragster starts from a full stop at the starting line and you hit the starting line at 200 mph, he'll beat you 1320 feet to the finish.
Unless they radically change the gearing, F-1 cars aren't made for acceleration from a full stop. They make their power in the 14,000 to 18,000 rpm range.
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Old 12-19-2003, 12:14 AM   #8
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I think the whole thing was a publicity stunt for the aircraft, actually. I just thought it was sort of fun. Definitely a guy thing.
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Old 12-19-2003, 04:50 AM   #9
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I think the whole thing was a publicity stunt for the aircraft, actually. I just thought it was sort of fun. Definitely a guy thing.
You sound defensive. No need, you're right.
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Old 12-19-2003, 08:25 AM   #10
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I saw this in a Car and Driver magazine once with an F-15 vs a Mustang or some such American car. I think it was just a ploy used by the magazine scribes to get free rides in a jet.

In this case I think that Elspode is definitely right. "Thursday's event was organized by the Italian defense department and hailed as a demonstration of Italian industry."

I'd be willing to bet that Schumacher got a ride too.
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Old 12-19-2003, 06:28 PM   #11
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Speaking of Car&Driver, a couple years ago I went out to the mailbox to find the latest C&D with a picture of the latest Ferrari on the cover. As I'm looking at the picture, not 1 but 2 of that model, in red, come by, stop at the stop sign 30 feet away, then blast off up the road. A kodak moment.
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Old 12-20-2003, 11:02 AM   #12
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I hate when they do this. It's so stupid...

Jets aren't meant to reach their highest speeds or accelerate as fast as a car.

It's like the man vs horse race. Man will ALWAYS beat a horse on a suficiently short stretch.

It proves nothing at all...ugh.
I've heard that a horse will beat a man in any race up to 100 miles (excluding very short sprints), but that a man wins thereafter.
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Old 12-20-2003, 11:25 AM   #13
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You sound defensive. No need, you're right.
Everyone was taking it so seriously...I was worried.
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Old 12-20-2003, 11:26 AM   #14
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I've heard that a horse will beat a man in any race up to 100 miles (excluding very short sprints), but that a man wins thereafter.
Well, sure, because horses get all cramped up inside of a car, and they have to park and stretch their legs for a couple of hours.
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Old 12-20-2003, 12:30 PM   #15
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Bwahahahahahahhahaha.
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