Airspeeder, the world’s first flying electric car racing series, has taken yet another step towards the forthcoming EXA remotely-piloted Grand Prix season by racing two internal Alauda teams at speeds well in excess of 100km/h.
The historic first drag race between the two eVTOL Alauda Mk3 machines played out in the deserts of South Australia, the race part of a key pre-season testing session for EXA, Airspeeder’s first electric flying car racing season, created by Alauda Aeronautics.
And it all went perfectly to plan, the Mk3 Speeders flew at test speeds well in excess of 100 km/h and heights of 10m above the ground as remote pilots were able to show the dynamic potential of the world’s first electric flying racing cars for the first time.
“We are on the cusp of making motorsport and mobility history with the world’s first electric flying car races,” commented Matt Pearson, Founder & CEO, Airspeeder & Alauda Aeronautics. “This test race provides the world a glimpse at the next generation of motorsport and mobility.
“This first test drag-race is a major moment in the creation of our sport and a giant leap forward for the development of electric flying cars.”
For the record, it was the red Speeder (team Bravo) that crossed the line 3.2s quicker than its black liveried rival (team Alpha) over the 400m of racing. But the real winner in the exercise was to demonstrate the performance and safety technologies that underpin the sport – particularly the ‘Virtual Forcefield’ suite of LiDAR and RADAR powered safety systems that delivers close but ultimately safe racing.
The successful execution of these flights means that the EXA remotely piloted GP Season will take place in 2021 at three soon-to-be-revealed international locations, with the forthcoming crewed series planned to race around the world in 2022.
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