Corvette ZR1 vs AH1 Cobra Helicopter, The Corvette Wins When Things Go Wrong

Just when you think you know what’s going to happen – it all changes with a plot twist.

This challenge pits Kim Jin Pyo (Presenter of Top Gear Korea) in a Corvette ZR1 against an AH-1 Cobra helicopter. This is a true Top Gear challenge. Helicopter versus car – you would never think the car could cross the finishing line first!

The AH-1 Cobra was the main helicopter used in the US Army’s fleet of helicopters. It has since been replaced as the main vehicle with the AH-64 Apache. The AH-1 was produced by Bell Helicopter, and developed using components from previous models of helicopters that Bell had produced.

There are still models of AH1 Cobras that have been modified and still in use throughout the world. The twin-engine version of this vehicle still remains in use by the US Marine Corps (USMC) as its main attack chopper and excess AH-1’s are known to be used to help fire-fight in forests, these are known as Bell 209 ‘Firesnakes’. The Florida Division of Forestry has 3 in service and they’re fully equipped with fire-fighting systems.

One thing is for sure – the helicopter that is shown in this vehicle will not be back in action anytime soon!

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.