Taking a page from what seems to be Top Gear’s playbook, Jaguar lined up a former Formula 1 driver in a new XJR against a high-flying maniac who calls himself “The Jetman” for an epic race across a stretch of desert road near Dubai.
Yves Rossy, known affectionately as “The Jetman,” earned that name for his special jetpack contraption he constructed for aerial stunts. Yves employs a construct of semi-rigid carbon fiber wings, powered by four small jet engines, allowing him to fly through the air at speeds upwards of 195 mph.
Down on the ground, retired F1 driver Martin Brundle strapped into a Jaguar XJR, a super-sedan powered by Jaguar’s ubiquitous 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine, which sends 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Performance is stellar, with 0-60 arriving in just 4.4 seconds, on its way to a limited top speed of 174 mph.
To stage the race, Martin hunkered into the Jag, while Yves prepared for the aerial drop 2,000 feet above the starting line. The racers set off, and Yves dropped out of the helicopter, activating the engines midair.
Despite the Jaguar’s tremendous power, the insane Jetman took the checkered flag, passing the finish line a few seconds ahead.
Want to see the race for yourself? Take a look at the video of the epic race in the video above.