In England for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Audi's Le Mans winning R10 TDI stepped it up a notch, taking on a Royal Air Force Harrier "Jump Jet" in a one kilometer sprint.
Driven by factory driver Allan McNish, the 650 hp Audi diesel was a bit outgunned by the 15,000 hp Harrier GR7, but "jumped" to an early lead off the line, only to lose by a nose at the kilometer mark. A crowd of 5,000 enjoyed the spectacle.
After Goodwood, McNish will join fellow Audi drivers Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Dindo Capello in the U.S. to race the new R10 TDIs in the American Le Mans Series for Team Audi Sport North America. Their first appearance will be July 15-16 at the brand new Miller Motorsports Park road course near Salt Lake City, Utah, where the 4.5 mile circuit (the longest in North America) should give the R10s plenty of room to open up.