Airspeeder Mk3 will compete in remotely piloted races in the second half of this year, and manned races are set to begin next year.
Airspeeder Mk3 has been officially revealed as the first-ever electric flying race car. It is a full-sized electric VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) vehicle, which will compete in a first-of-its-kind flying car racing series in the second half of 2021. The series will feature unmanned Airspeeder MK3 race cars, which will moreover be remotely controlled.
- World’s First Flying Car Series gears up for global race.
- MK3 Programme paves the way for the manned series.
- Groundbreaking technology implemented in the new futuristic motorsport.
- Aircraft is capable of achieving 120kph and utilises LIDAR, RADAR and machine visions.
The first of its kind will be showcased in an upcoming racing series that will also stand as a technical test-bed and feeder series to the manned series in 2022.
Features of this World’s First Electric FLYING Race Car
- AIRSPEEDER MK3
- It employs carbon fibre for the frame and the main body.
- This ensures that the craft will be strong while also being lightweight, thus improving performance and efficiency.
- SAFETY SYSTEM:
- It will also use LIDAR and RADAR collision avoidance systems for safety.
- We are definitely excited for the debut of these flying racing octocopters later this year.
- RAPID PIT STOPS:
- To facilitate rapid pit stops, Alauda’s engineers have further developed an innovative ‘slide and lock’ system.
- For the reason of rapid removal and replacement of batteries when on the ground, this technology debuts on the Mk3.
- STABILITY AND MANOEUVRABILITY:
- The MK3 speeders are laid-out in an ‘octocopter X formation’, significantly providing advantages to pilots.
- When racing the pilot will be able to make the same sharp hairpin style turns as a Formula 1 car. But with the added third dimension of being able to move vertically.
- Furthermore, it is capable of achieving a speed of 120 kmph (75 mph).
- It can turn much faster than a regular helicopter or a winged aircraft. All thanks to the double rotors present on the four corners.
- Also the octocopter is capable of generating a force of around 5 G in fast bends.
- The vehicle is rated at a peak power of 429 BHP. However it is quite a lot for a machine that weighs just 130 kg.
- Additionally a 96 kW electric powertrain already sees the Mk3 operating with a thrust to weight ratio above two, on a craft that weighs just 100KG unmanned.
- Also the Mk3 speeders will fly at speeds in excess of 120 km\h.
- Surprisingly the 0 to 100 kmph (0 to 62 mph) sprint is claimed to take just around 2.8 seconds, which is impressively quick.
- The Airspeeder Mk3 will also take pitstops for battery swaps, which the company states would take as low as 14 seconds, thanks to the quick-release mechanism.
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However for the development and manufacturing of the racing aircraft, the manufacturer has enlisted the help of a few big names in the automotive and aerospace industry, including McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Brabham, Boeing, and Babcock Aviation. Final behind-closed-doors pre-season tests will happen in Australia before the start of an international racing calendar.
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