South African Rugby player, Bryan Habana, pushed himself to new heights as he went up against British Airways’ brand new superjumbo, the Airbus A380

Habana, who famously raced the cheetah in 2007 to save them from extinction, took on a new challenge racing BA’s ‘new animal’ in a 100m race.

Weighing in at 95kg with a height of 1,80m, Habana prepared to race BA’s superjumbo of 366,000kg, with a height of 24m, a wingspan of 80m and 73m in length. Model, Georgia May Jagger was on hand to start the race.

Bryan Habana, South African rugby player, said: “‘It was a tough test of man versus machine. Once the A380 is on full throttle it picks up speed very rapidly…”

Peter Nye, senior first officer A380, said: ‘‘Habana is fast but had stiff competition with four Trent 900 Rolls-Royce engines, each one producing 70,000 pounds of thrust and accelerating very quickly indeed. We got airborne at 140 miles an hour, where we then flew up to 600 miles an hour.‘’

Bryan Habana raced British Airways’ A380 in celebration that customers can now book onto the A380 to fly to Johannesburg from February 12, 2014.