The world’s first drag race between two flying cars recently ended in Australia. Two unmanned MK3 Airspeeders were used in the drag race which was more of a test as it took place as part of the pre-season preparations for a full series of F1 style air races to be held later this year.
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Australian company Alauda Aeronautics, which specializes in the development of vertical take-off and landing flying electric vehicle (eVTOL) for participation in high-speed races, presented a demonstration video of the drag race of two unmanned Airspeeder Mk3 multicopters. . The company has been working for three years on the development of the first eVTOL electric vehicles. The eVTOL Airspeeder Racing League was recently announced and is based at Alauda Aeronautics headquarters in Adelaide, Australia.
The pair of Airspeeders Mk3 were involved in a high-speed duel that continued for a distance of approximately 300 meters at an altitude of 15 meters. The winning flying car reached a top speed of 155 km / h.
Matt Pearson, chief of Alauda Aeronautics, noted that the pilot test of the Airspeeder Mk3 unmanned vehicles demonstrates the possibilities of a future new class of road transport. Upcoming eVTOL EV races in the near future will not only create a new sport, but also contribute to the further development of electric transport.
The first official races of the eVTOL Airspeeder League will take place in the next two years. In the first stage, it will be unmanned competitions, and the drivers will be in cabins on the ground, driving the car using virtual reality technologies.
Next steps will include a series of Airspeeder EXA Series flights, involving four teams from different countries. Three stages of the international competition are planned in unmanned mode with remote control of eVTOL electric vehicles.
Fully-fledged international competitions, involving 10 companies, will not take place until 2023. These races will involve crewed eVTOL electric vehicles. The eVTOL Airspeeder League, according to the organizers, will help take urban transport to a new technological level and also help ensure rapid transport in emergency situations, while ensuring zero emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere.