April 22, 2007

Full Throttle '07

Usually it's the Spyker that's upside down...

On Saturday, the Spyker F1 team and the Royal Netherlands Air Force Demonstration Team put on a joint display, in the form of a race between Christijan Albers' car... and a F-16, over a 1km track.
Moments later, Albers was sucked into the intake...

From all reports, Albers had the lead for 300 meters, but had to pit to replace a damaged nose, then retired from the race.

Actually, the F8-VII did lead for 300 meters: "All I could see was the F-16 in my mirrors, but then he just ran away from me," said Albers. "I've never been close to a F-16 before, and seeing him pull alongside, then pass, me was awesome!"

Albers has a lot of experience with being passed.

The F-16 and the Spyker then put on a show afterwards, with the Spyker doing donuts and skids on the runway (and who better than Albers for that, what with his experience on going off-track?) while the F-16 put on an airshow.

The Spyker Automotive Company has a history with the RNLAF, having built airplanes for the fledgling air force during WW1... and, of course, F1 cars are about the closest you can come to building a plane without having wings and a jet on it.

Hopefully some video will become available sometime soon.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 05:43 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 That would have been awesome to watch. Wonder if it will make the pre-show prior to the next race?

Posted by: Mallory at April 22, 2007 06:56 AM (bpzDp)

2 This kind of demo is fairly common at airshow circuits, although it's quite predictable. Acceleration curves and the top speeds of involved vehicles are easy to guess. There's a jet powered dragster which tours the western states circuit with it.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 22, 2007 02:06 PM (9imyF)

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