Jeep’s powerful HEMI V8 slotted in the Grand Cherokee goes for a workout against a Silence SA1100 Twister plane. The race took place at the 2.9km Blyton Park Driving Centre, Lincolnshire, driven by Ed Morris who is the youngest ever British driver to compete at Le Mans 24 hour. The plane was piloted by Peter Wells who is a specialist aerobatic pilot. The 6.4litre V8 HEMI came out victorious with a lap time of 1:13:40 against plane’s 1:14:34. The challenge was inspired by the fact that HEMI engine was first designed to perform in the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter.
Now housed under the bonnet of a Grand Cherokee SRT, the engine develops 461bhp and reaches from 0 to 100kmph in about 5 seconds touching a top speed of 257kmph. The SA1100 Twister puts out 110bhp and takes 4 seconds to do a 0 to 100kmph similar acceleration run the air and reaches a top speed of 286kmph. Does sound like uneven as the start given was from a standstill, which is unfair for the plane, and the Jeep makes more power. But then the plane carries one person without luggage and the Jeep carries 5 with their weekend packing, and the price of the plane makes the Jeep SRT sound somewhat reasonable. Any ways, good fun watching that fire breathing V8 rumbling around a race track.