Air Malta recently worked up a little stunt that pitted an Airbus A320 against a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta in a drag race to raise funds for charity. It's easy to forget just how quick something the size of a jetliner can be, but watching the video below shows us just where the big passenger aircraft stands when it comes to sprinting down a runway. We won't spoil the clip for you, you'll just have to check out the showdown below.

Air Malta says it raised over 178,820 euro with the stunt, which is around $230,000. That's despite the fact that intermittent rain showers kept crowds away. Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton even stopped by to say "Hi" to the crowds. He wasn't piloting the F12, however. Check out the video below for yourself.



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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      People underestimate how powerful airliners are. When they're not burdened with their usual 100 passengers, accompanying cargo, and tens of thousands #'s of fuel, they're beasts. Those engines make massive thrust. You just never realize it because they're so loaded down in normal operation. Experiencing an unloaded cargo/transport plane under full power is awesome. People truly take for granted how impressive these planes are. They're huge engineering feats.
        floppypawltd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        So true I was in R&D for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines for a long time and people had a hard time grasping that the average mid size modern turofan puts out well over 33,000 lbs of thrust and weigh only around 2100 lbs. At the time I left P&WA (1992) we had engines well over 60,000 lbs of thrust that weighed 4000 lbs. Some of the newer powerplants out there are pushing into the 90,000 lbs thrust range.
      Seven Eigh8 Si6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is that Robert DeNiro? Flying the Airbus?
      jelli
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who knew Di Niro moonlighted as an Air Malta pilot?
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know, when I watched this last week I was like what the hell, DeNiro?
      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      Confusing doesn't begin to describe this.
      Julio Arreaga
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well that was unnecessarily long..
      Samuel Masini
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car show was held last December. I think they did it mainly as a publicity stunt for the airline, however people seemed to like it.. The weather was not very good and a lot of cars failed to show up for the show (due to the weather). It was still a memorable event. Hamilton drove the McLaren MP4-26 (it sounded brilliant!!! :D) Apart from that I think the 2011 car show was much better. There was a Veyron drag racing Horatio's Pagani Zonda! I even managed to meet him in person and he happily singed a photograph of the Zonda I had printed before the event.
      wonky donky.
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOPE. Silly Maltas! -This is how you race a car against a plane and also how you film&edit it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NZ9X9A2efA
      bobgodd
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you all want to get technical Corvette did this years ago... against a jet no less! C5 Lingenfelter Vette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-sQMafM53sQ#t=81s and a more recent ZR1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6muw6pqzk_c
      mdstew06
      • 1 Year Ago
      So wheres the Race Video?
      comrade slow
      • 1 Year Ago
      this was just a great excuse for someone to play with an F12 on a runway
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      glancing quickly at that front end I thought it was the new Corvette..
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