A FORMULA 1 car, a superbike, three supercars, a private jet and a fighter jet have gone head to head in possibly the world’s most expensive drag race.
The five engineering masterpieces raced as part of the Teknofest aviation, space and technology festival in Istanbul yesterday.
As the starting pistol rings out it is the F1 car that takes the lead, seemingly given the edge on the Kawasaki Ninja H2R by greater traction.
The Tesla supercar also makes a promising start, helped by an electric motor, which typically respond faster than petrol powered engines.
But within moments it’s become a two-horse race between the Red Bull RB14 and the superbike.
A side mounted camera captures the Kawasaki’s nose rise and its front wheel leave the tarmac for a moment as it’s lighter weight gives it the advantage.
Footage over the bike’s back wheel shows the F1 car losing ground.
It was a closely fought thing, with the superbike, ridden by World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu, just nosing out the Formula 1 car, driven by Jake Dennis – a British racer who currently competed in the Blancpain GT Series.
The F-16 Solo Turk fighter jet also recovers from a slower start, rocketing to a third place position.
All up, the vehicles used in the race cost roughly £32million.
Emma Kimilainen, a Finnish racer who has taken in multiple Swedish Touring Car Championships, drove the Tesla.
She said many would be surprised at what an electric motor could achieve.
Lotus Evora GT 430
Top speed: 196 mph (315 km/h)
Horsepower: 430 bhp (320 kW)
Engine size: 3,500 cc
Red Bull Formula 1 car RB14
Top speed: ~210mph
Engine size: 1,600 cc
F-16 fighter jet
Top speed: 1,500 mph
Top speed: 541mph (870km/h)
Kawasaki Ninja H2R
Top speed: 250mph (400km/h)
Horsepower: 310 bhp (230 kW)
Engine size: 998 cc
Top speed: 155mph (250 km/h)
Horsepower: 778 bph (585 kW)
Range: 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.1 seconds
Aston Martin New Vantage
Top speed: 195mph (315km/h)
Horsepower: 503bhp (375 kW)
Engine size: 4,000 cc
And they were, as the Tesla came in ahead of the Aston Martin New Vantage and Lotus Evora GT 430.
After the race
Sofuoglu, who became a parliamentarian after leaving motor sport behind, said he had dreamed of racing a bike against an F16 and an F1 car.
Rally driver Yagiz Avci took the wheel of the Aston Martin New Vantage, while the Lotus Evora GT 430 was driven by Superstock racer Toprak Razgatlioglu.
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