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Can a car beat a biplane in a drag race? That’s an interesting question, and one that two enthusiasts in their respective field set out to test.

Hence, a Morgan Aero 8 took on a muscle biplane.

John Wells, the Morgan Motor Company head of Design, drove the Aero 8, and stunt pilot Richard Goodwin took control of the muscle biplane.

The machines were evenly matched.

“Statically, and on paper, the power to weight ratios of our Aero vs Rich’s muscle biplane were evenly stacked,” Wells told CarBuzz. “None the less, it was surprising to see just how well matched they were from a standing start.”


The Aero 8 was powered by a BMW V8 with 367 hp and 370 pounds of torque. The biplane has a six-cylinder Lycoming 540 Engine.

There are lots of interesting moments here. The plane gets surprising close to  the car as they’re blazing down the track, and at one point, Goodwin activated his smoke cannons.

Was there a winner? Yes. All of us.

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