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Air Malta gearing up for race with Ferrari F12

Preparations are well underway for next Sunday’s showdown race between an Air Malta Airbus A320 and a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

The event is being organised as part of the Paqpaqli Għall-Istrina activity and will be held at Malta International Airport at around 1230pm.

The aim of this event is to raise funds for L-Istrina, the annual Christmas charity event held under the patronage of President George Abela.

Air Malta said this morning that the scene has been set for an awesome contest of speed, power, technology and entertainment.

Notwithstanding the possible top speed of over 340 km/h of the Ferrari compared to the lift-off speed of just over 225km/h of the Airbus, the 21,500 horse power generated by the CFM-56 jet engines at lift-off point will give a good challenge to the 730 horse power generated by the F12 engine.

With no speed limits on the 2,600m runway 05/23, the activity is expected to be breath taking.

This year’s Paqpaqli Għall-Istrina is the seventh and the fourth to be held at MIA.

It is the biggest annual motoring event in Malta organised by The Malta Community Chest Fund in collaboration with Tonio Darmanin and a number of volunteers.

Paqpaqli għall-iStrina will be held between 9am and 3.30pm.

During the event 2008 World Champion and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will perform for the first time in Malta in the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 car

Motoring enthusiasts will also be able to view a wide range of vehicles on display which range from vintage, to classics, modern and brand new cars.

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