VIDEO: Jeep Pits Grand Cherokee SRT Against Aerobatic Plane in Air/Track Dogfight
Company’s U.K. Division Orchestrated Stunt
Employees of Jeep U.K. must have a lot of fun at work, since they get to concoct stunts like this one, racing a Grand Cherokee SRT against a Silence SA1100 Twister airplane. With the car racing a 1.8-mile circuit and the plane swooping around pylons placed around the track, the goal for each was the same: hit the checkered flag first.
Jeep is using the video to highlight the aviation heritage of the Hemi engine that powers the Grand Cherokee SRT. Chrysler, Jeep’s longtime parent, first developed hemispherical combustion chambers for an experimental V-16 engine that would make its way into the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt World War II fighter plane in 1945. Although the engine hit its power targets, the V-16 Hemi never made its way into widespread use, thanks to the war winding down and jet engines gradually replacing propeller-driven engines. A few years later, however, the Hemi engine was added to the 1951 Chrysler lineup (under the brand name FirePower), with its most notable use being the C-300 coupe of 1955 and various muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s.
The 6.4L V-8 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a far cry from its forebear, with substantially more power than the aircraft it battles in the video (and more to come, via the upcoming Grand Cherokee Trackhawk). At 461 hp, the vehicle in the video is slightly detuned from the Grand Cherokee SRT sold in America (475 hp), but it still has no trouble hitting more than 140 mph on the track. Is that enough to beat out the high-flying, quick-thinking pilot of the airplane? Watch below to find out.
Source: Jeep UK