The world’s first electric flying racing car has been unveiled - and it's ready to race.
The Airspeeder Mk3, designed by Alauda Aeronautics, is a full-sized remotely-operated electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL).
The futuristic vehicle will compete in an upcoming remotely-piloted Airspeeder racing series that will stand as a technical test-bed and feeder series to a manned racing series in 2022.
The unveiling of the vehicle represents the realisation of more than three years development work to create a sport that will accelerate a new clean-air aerial mobility revolution.
"The unveiling of the world’s first full-sized electric flying racing car is a landmark moment in the dawn of a new mobility revolution," said Airspeeder and Alauda Aeronautics Founder Matthew Pearson. "It is 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."
A full grid of Mk3 electric flying race-craft is currently being manufactured at Airspeeder and Alauda’s technical HQ in Adelaide, South Australia. More than 10 identical racing vehicles will be produced and supplied to teams in 2021.
The craft is being developed and manufactured by a team drawn from leading names in aerospace, automotive and motorsport technology including: Mclaren, Babcock Aviation, Boeing, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce and Brabham.
The Airspeeder Mk3 racing series will be announced in the coming months, but the first races will definitely take place in 2021.
The remotely-piloted races will present to the world for the first time close-quarter flying circuit racing at speeds of more than 120km/h. Final behind-closed-doors pre-season tests will happen in Australia before the start of an international racing calendar.
These landmark moments will make history in showing for the first time a full-scale vision of electric flying car racing. The initial Mk3 races will provide vital information on vehicle dynamics, performance, safety and powertrain technology that will inform the final development of the manned Mk4 Airspeeder vehicle.
Racing will play a vital role in hastening the arrival of eVTOL technologies which promise to revolutionise urban passenger mobility, logistics and even remote medical transport. Both the remotely piloted Mk3 programme and manned Airspeeder Mk4 flying cars will provide a safe environment from where key innovations around safety, noise and batteries can be refined and fed into the wider development of an industry predicted by Morgan Stanley to be worth $1.5 trillion by 2050.