New Airspeeder MK3 Unveiled as World’s First Electric Flying Race Car
The world’s first electric flying racing car, Airspeeder Mk3 has been officially revealed. The manufacturer has also stated that it will be conducting a new global racing series for its e-flying race cars. This electric flying car series is scheduled to take place during the 2nd half of 2021. The series will feature unmanned Airspeeder Mk3 electric flying racing cars, which will be remotely controlled.
Alauda Aeronautics, the creator of the Airspeeder, is building 10 examples of the Mk3 for said remote-operated race series. A manned racing vehicle series has already been planned, slated to follow in the year 2022. For the development and manufacturing of the electric flying racing cars, the manufacturer has enlisted the help of a few big names in the automotive and aerospace industry, including Rolls-Royce, Brabham, Boeing, McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover, and Babcock Aviation.
Airspeeder MK3: Powertrain and Performance
The Airspeeder MK3 powertrain represents a significant upgrade on the Mk2 proof of concept vehicle, with power increased by 95 percent with only a 50 percent increase in weight. A 96 kW electric powertrain already sees the Airspeeder Mk3 operating with a thrust-to-weight ratio above two, on a craft that weighs just 100 kilograms unmanned. The Mk3 electric racing cars will fly at speeds in excess of 120 kmph.
The Mk3 remotely operated electric flying racing car will deliver a max power of 320kW, equalling an Audi SQ7 performance Sports utility vehicle. The Audi weighs 2500 kilograms while an Airspeeder racing craft (without a pilot) weighs just 130 kilograms. The electric airspeeder MK3 can lift a weight of more than 80 kilograms, proving the viability of the powertrain for piloted races. Acceleration from 0-100 kmph takes 2.8 sec and the Speeder can climb to 500 meters.
Matthew Pearson, Founder, Airspeeder, and Alauda Aeronautics, said that this is a landmark moment in the dawn of a new mobility revolution. It is a competition that drives progress and our racing series is hastening the arrival of technology that will transform clean-air passenger transport, logistics and even advanced air mobility for medical applications. He also said that the World’s first electric flying car races will be the most exciting and progressive motorsport on the planet
Airspeeder MK3: Safety Systems
The new Airspeeder MK3 will be operated remotely by a pilot on the ground. The groundbreaking safety enhancements include LiDAR and Radar collision avoidance systems that create a ‘virtual forcefield’ around the craft. Additionally, the Mk3 features a carbon fibre for the frame and main body, fuselage chosen for its strength, stiffness and lightweight properties, which ensures manoeuvrability, performance and efficiency.