Electric cars

Flying electric cars in drag racing test ahead of events that could herald airborne vehicles


Airspeeder – the first electric flying car racing season – showed off what its new racing series will look like in an opening test race.

Made in the deserts of southern Australia, the eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) vehicles are presented face to face, led by Team Bravo and Team Alpha, both from Alauda Aeronautics – the creators of the machines themselves.

Both vehicles – which are capable of reaching speeds of up to 124 mph – were unmanned and flew 10m above the ground as they raced against each other. In the end, Team Bravo crossed the line 3.2 seconds faster than Team Alpha in the 400m sprint.

Matt Pearson, Founder and Managing Director of Australia-based Airspeeder & Alauda Aeronautics said: “We are about to enter motorsport and mobility history with the first electric flying car races in the world. world. This test race offers the world a glimpse into the next generation of motorsport and mobility.

The cars traveled 10 m above the ground during the test run

“This first test race is a major moment in the creation of our sport and a giant leap in the development of electric flying cars.

The very first VTOL electric drag race

The event also allowed Alauda Aeronautics to deploy its Virtual Forcefield system powered by lidar and radar, which guarantees safe races. The overall test was carried out ahead of Airspeeder’s EXA series, which will feature remote pilots piloting full-size racing flying cars from the ground.

This will then lead to a full Airspeeder Racing series – slated to begin next year – which will instead include manned speeders competing against each other.

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