When machines race each other on a straight stretch of asphalt, no other word can define the experience better than exhilarating. But you won't find the word to define what happened at Istanbul Teknofest, because it was a true war between the machines.
It was the day where a supercar, a superbike, an F1 car, a private jet, and a fighter jet faced off against each other, in order to be crowned as the true king of speed!
A stellar lineup of the best in motorsport
The race was organized as a part of the aviation, space and technology event called Teknofest, held at the new Istanbul International Airport. The vehicles included a Kawasaki H2R motorcycle, a Tesla P100DL, an Aston Martin New Vantage and a Lotus Evora GT 430.
In addition to these road vehicles, there was a 1,500mph fighter jet and a private jet. It can be touted as the place where engineering pinnacles faced off.
The race gave us the answer to that question we had in our minds all these years, what happens when cars, bikes, and planes race each other. Even though we can have only one true king of speed, that doesn't mean the race would turn meaningless.
In fact, it was the actual race that stumped everyone with its grandiosity. Just looking at the starting point was a momentous event! The best of each category lined up perfectly, eagerly waiting for lights to turn green.
The drivers revved the engines to let each other know that no one is going to take this fight lightly. As the green light came into view, the vehicles literally took off.
For a brief moment, the formula one racer gained lead due it's lightweight body and sticky tires. But that soon changed when the Kawasaki H2R opened up the taps.
The front tire slightly raised off the ground, marking the monstrosity of its four-cylinder supercharged engine. The superbike dominated the rest of the race, with the F1 car closely on its tail.
The F-16 Solo Turk shrugged off its slow start and secured the third position. The Tesla came in fourth.
The Kawasaki H2R was driven by Kenan Sofuoglu, former professional motorcycle racer, and Turkish parliamentarian. Rally driver Yagiz Avci drove the Aston Martin New Vantage, and the Lotus Evora GT 430 was driven by Superstock racer Toprak Razgatlioglu. The Tesla was driven by Emma Kimilainen, multiple Swedish Touring Car Championships participant of Finnish origin.
Be it a little longer, the results would change big time!
Don't be fooled by the fighter jet coming third because the race was only held over 400 meters. If the race had been held over a longer stretch, the fighter jet would have left everything else in the dust.
Since the power to weight ratio of the Kawasaki is very high, the superbike dominates over short stretches. May we suggest a rematch?