The cool video in this post features the trailer for the 28th season of Top Gear. Hosts Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff can be seen performing and/or preparing for all sorts of wild stunts, including racing a McLaren Speedtail against a Royal Air Force (RAF) F-35 Lightning II fighter jet on an airfield.
According to Driving.ca, the jet/hypercar matchup appears to have taken place at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the 1,055-horsepower McLaren hybrid recently managed a blistering top speed of 402 km/h.
The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy plan to operate 138 F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft.
The Lightning II will be the backbone of Britain’s future carrier operations. As the first supersonic short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter jet, the F-35B will provide vital 5th Generation carrier-strike capabilities to the Royal Navy’s two new carriers – the HMS Queen Elizabeth (christened on Jul. 4, 2014) and HMS Prince of Wales. These new Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers are designed specifically for integration with the F-35B aircraft, including a ski jump ramp for short takeoffs in place of the traditional catapult launch. The F-35B also has the ability to operate from land bases and remote locations, providing versatility that will revolutionize the U.K.’s expeditionary combat power.
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