Home Military Aviation TESLA MODEL S ELECTRIC CAR HAS REPLACED CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 AS U-2 CHASE CAR

TESLA MODEL S ELECTRIC CAR HAS REPLACED CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 AS U-2 CHASE CAR

by Dario Leone

Tesla Model S has the quickest acceleration of any production car in the world

Taken on Jul. 26, 2017 the cool video in this post features U.S. Air Force (USAF) U-2S spy planes taking off from Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford.

Additionally the footage also shows that the Tesla Model S electric car is the new chase car for the U-2. USAF previously used the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 for this task.

Noteworthy since Lockheed’s U-2S spy planes are famously difficult to launch and land because of their extremely poor field of vision, a chase car that can keep up with them is required on the ground.

According to an article appeared on Jalopnik 4 years ago (when USAF was still using Camaro), the process is pretty simple: “the Air Force buys fast and relatively inexpensive Detroit muscle [cars] and puts a highly trained pilot in the driver’s seat. Those pilots then act as ground-based wingmen for the U-2s in the air, talking them through runway operations.”

Now, as reported by Electrek, electric cars are not a bad match for the job since the task requires quick acceleration and cars only have to go fast for short periods of time.

The U-2 chase car in fact must feature a top speed of 140 mph and the Tesla Model S not only can reach 155 mph (250 km/h), but also has the quickest acceleration of any production car in the world.

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