It’s not an ordinary day when you get to see a human turned into a jet machine, but it’s even more impressive when you see the daredevil taking up a British power brute – this time around the case being the 2016 Jaguar XJR.
We’re always smelling from afar a promotional stunt when we see one but this time around we enjoyed the idea which has Martin Brundle racing Yves Rossy on a 1.75 mile (2.81 km) course made up of a closed road in the Dubai desert. We get to see Brundle sitting in the comfort of the recently refreshed XJR, while known daredevil Rossy will take up his superhuman mantra of the Jetman kit and make good use of its 6.5 foot (2 meter) wing span that makes him fly thanks to the assistance provided by the four Jet-Cat engines. We’re not going to spoil the fun and tell you who emerged victorious and invite you to have a guess before watching – one hint though, Brundle was able to reach speeds of 174 mph (280 km/h) in the XJR and Rossy meanwhile topped out at 195 mph (313 km/h).
“This was the most unique race I have ever taken part in. I have never seen anything like the Jetman wing, full of technology and innovation, and Yves is an extremely brave man. It turns out he is also a very fierce competitor!” commented Brundel afterwards. By the way, if you forgot, the XJR has under the hood a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes good use of 550 hp (410 kW) and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque. And mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox the fierce limousine will sprint to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and reach up to 174 mph (280 km/h).