To celebrate their partnership, Australia's national carrier Qantas and Tesla Motors set up a unique race between Boeing 737-800 and Tesla S P90D premium electric sedan.


The two competitors couldn't have been more different. Boeing 737 can generate over 50,000 pounds of thrust and cruise through the sky at the speed of 850 km/h. While flying flat, the plane can even come very close to the speed of sound! On the other hand, the electric five-seater with two electric motors can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in three seconds, while - sadly - remaining ground-bound. 

At first, the unordinary race saw Boeing (with a pilot, a co-pilot and 168 passengers on board) struggle to catch up with Tesla S (carrying the driver and four passengers). With the end of the runaway approaching rapidly, the plane started to gain lead, eventually taking off at 140 knots and leaving Tesla on the ground, reaching its maximum speed at around 250 kilometres an hour.

Check out the video below to see the challenge that was filmed on a three-kilometre runway at Melbourne's Avalon Airport

April 6, 2016 Driving photo: Qantas

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