DSC and its forebears have of course been used to writing about
Audis and Harriers for many years but Thursday saw something altogether
different on that front.
Audi in question was the R10 TDi engined LMP1 prototype that
is currently sweeping all before it, the
Harrier was somewhat
different to the Lester Ray designed, Ford Cosworth engined machines
we’re more used to. Rather it was a Roll Royce Pegasus engined,
GR7 Ground Attack aircraft from the Royal Air Force's 20 Squadron
at RAF Wittering.
It was to
be a straight test of sprinting speed over a one kilometre course
between the R10, piloted by Audi 'Top Gun' Allan McNish
and the Harrier GR7 literally piloted by one of the RAF’s
Despite an unaccustomed standing start, McNish grabbed an immediate
lead in the 650 bhp Audi and held it until just before the finish
line when the power of the Pegasus engine finally told, the Harrier
winning it by a (radar equipped) nose.
of course had something of an ‘edge on the power
front – 23,800 lb/foot of thrust told in the end – But
maybe, just maybe McNish didn’t want to take the win? After
all would you like to be on the ground in a brightly coloured object
with a fast jet above you equipped with a couple of Mavericks and
a pilot not looking forward to explaining the loss to his mates
though it showed very clearly the power and torque of the R10,
The Audi’s talents will next
be on show this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, again
with McNish at
the wheel, before two R10s resume their attack on the American
Le Mans Series later this month.