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Man vs Machine: Can a Rugby Player Outrun an A380?

August 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Starting next February, British Airways is planing to bring one of their newest birds down to Johannesburg, so it makes sense to build some excitement around the news of a new A380 route. We're not talking about painting London cabs like safari animals or dishing up biltong on every BA flight (although that would be cool); this one involves a little man versus machine action.

The newest advertisement from the airline features South African rugby player, Bryan Habana, challenging the super jumbo to a race in the hopes that they'll discover which finely tuned machine is faster. The 100 meter race takes place on a runway (of course) and has the sportsman racing the Airbus from a dead stop. Although Habana slows to a stop, obviously the super-jumbo rotates to complete a takeoff.

We won't reveal who actually won the 100 meter dash, but we will give the technical stats for each racer so you may place your bets:

Airbus A380
· weight: 366,000 kg
· height: 24m
· power: 4 Rolls Royce engines, each producing 70,000 pounds of thrust

Bryan Habana
· weight: 95 kg
· height: 1.8m
· power: 2 legs, unknown amount of force production

If the suspense is killing you, we understand. Have a watch at the video below for the winner. Also keep an eye out for Mick Jagger's daughter.

[Photo: Jaunted, Video: British Airways YouTube]

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