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MICHAEL Schumacher's Ferrari was outshone by an Italian Air Force fighter jet today.

Driving his F2003-GA in which he won the Formula One world title for a record sixth time, Schumacher lost 2-1 over three distances - 600, 900 and 1200 metres - against a Eurofighter Typhoon in a duel designed to bring the full acceleration range of both machines into play.

The jet, piloted by former Italian astronaut Maurizio Cheli and which can only stay on the ground for the first 400 metres, occupied the main runway at the Baccarini airport, 140 kilometres from Rome, while the Ferrari raced alongside it on an asphalt track.

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Schumacher edged the Eurofighter over the shortest distance but was no match for the jet's superior acceleration in the final two races watched by thousands of spectators in the driving rain.

"It was a very interesting experience," Schumacher said. "I was glad to be here today - it was very impressive.

Asked if he preferred racing against a jet to competing against Juan Pablo Montoya, the 34-year-old German replied: "It's less pressure!"

The F2003-GA is capable of reaching a maximum speed of up to 370 kilometres per hour, while the Eurofighter, packed with military technology, can speed at almost 2450 km/h.

The jet carried no weapons and weighed slightly under 21,000 kilograms. The Ferrari weighed in at 600kg and was slighly modified for the race with its outer shell ajusted slightly to make it more aerodynamic.

The contest was designed to provide maximum equilibrium between the two contestants in a reenactment of a challenge that first took place in 1931 when Tazio Nuvolari, driving an Alfa Romeo, took on a Caproni 100 biplane at Rome airport.

Fifty years later, in November 1981, Gilles Villeneuve and his Ferrari 126 CK raced an F104 jet.

Most recently, Patrick Carpentier challenged an F14 Tomcat with his CART Champ Car in the United States.

Agence France-Presse
 

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Now that is a video I would like to see! I have a copule on my computer of cars vs. aircraft. One is a Viper vs. a jet, the other one is an Aston vs. a jet also. Both cool videos!
 

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360 Spyder said:
Now that is a video I would like to see! I have a copule on my computer of cars vs. aircraft. One is a Viper vs. a jet, the other one is an Aston vs. a jet also. Both cool videos!
Can you post them, or are they huge?
 

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It even made the 8 oclock news here and guess what: I taped it! But it is VHS format and not digital, so Can't help you here. But if you want to come over and see it (only 50 seconds item) you are welcome ;-)


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Saw the clip from Eurosport TV and it was nothing to be asamed of. The jet was awesome but Michael did win the short distance. It was wet but Michael was having fun doing a few 360 turns at the end of the run.
 

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Can you post them, or are they huge?
The Aston Martin DB7 vs. Jaguar TB2(jet) is 4.44mb and
the Viper vs. F16 is 6.71mb.

If Andrew says that's okay, I will figure out how to post them!
 

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It even made the 8 oclock news here and guess what: I taped it! But it is VHS format and not digital, so Can't help you here. But if you want to come over and see it (only 50 seconds item) you are welcome ;-)


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saw that also...very very nice (also very nice that the Dutch News broadcasted it :D --> Thank you NOS!! :green: )
 

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Good thing you can look back the news on the internet here, of the whole week. So please tell me what day and what time, and we can all watch it. Now find a way to tape it :)
 

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I have also made a link on my site to a video...French television...so I don't understand it ;) but still...it looks nice.

And they broadcasted it yesterday (11th december at 20.00 o'clock GMT+1 time) :)

so...just the 8 o'clock news...with Harmen Siezen...ow nope...he's already gone a long time...I think it was mr. 'stotteraar' :green:
 
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