alauda’s airspeeder ushers in world’s first flying electric car racing series
 

alauda’s airspeeder ushers in world’s first flying electric car racing series

the organisers behind the world’s first motorsport series for flying electric cars, airspeeder, say the races are expected to take place in 2020. the news comes after alauda, the performance electric flying car company behind the races, successfully completed its first round of seed investment.

alauda’s airspeeder ushers in world’s first flying electric car racing series

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an autonomous prototype of the airspeeder debuted in england last year at the goodwood festival of speed. weighing about 550 pounds it uses a battery pack that can be swapped out during the race. the packs are expected to last for about 15 minutes, powering four 32-horsepower electric motors to propel the cars to a top speed of about 125 miles per hour. the vehicle tears through the air between about 15 and 130 feet off the ground.

alauda’s airspeeder ushers in world’s first flying electric car racing series

 

 

‘electric flying cars are a coming reality that will liberate our cities and answer the long-term mobility challenges we face. nothing drives technology as fast as competition,’ says matt pearson, founder, alauda & airspeeder. ‘the f1 racers of the early 20th century possessed a pioneering spirit we are harnessing today to rapidly accelerate progress. this seed investment represents a significant leap forward in the next great mobility revolution.’

alauda’s airspeeder ushers in world’s first flying electric car racing series

 

 

airspeeder had originally planned to conduct manned testing in california’s mojave desert in 2020, but the coronavirus meant that this was not possible. instead, testing will now shift to south australia near the firm’s HQ in adelaide once restrictions relating to the global health crisis are lifted.

alauda’s airspeeder ushers in world’s first flying electric car racing series

 

 

alauda’s proposed racing series will work similarly to formula e racing series when it first began. it will supply each team with a base set of hardware — an airspeeder chassis or two, engines, an allotment of spares, etc. — and each of the teams will be free from there to develop parts of their vehicle to aid them in the race.

alauda’s airspeeder ushers in world’s first flying electric car racing series

alauda’s airspeeder ushers in world’s first flying electric car racing series

  • Yes, when will the race concept build a series of tracks and will the series follow up with rental track time and machines along with hotels or resorts for vacations events and spectator walk arounds and exhibits and time on the track in off season….this is looking like a new race event that could be a lot of fun for the family. I hope not too pricey….but fun.

    William Scott
  • As an EV campaigner/activist since 1999(!)…it has to be pointed out that 99% of High Hype/High Hopes EV enterprises EVentually(sic) fizzle and fade into the “EV Abyss”. The most recent similar example was(is?) Mark Gemmell’s Tesla Model S-based race series originally called “Electric GT”. I’ve seen so many highly self-confident would-be EV gamechangers burst into the media spotlight over the past 20+ years – and almost every time I have contacted them with the exact same comments I’m expressing here. And my comments are almost always met with highly self-confident dismissal or outright condescension. Unfortunately 99% of the time I’ve been proven right.
    But pigs might and could now literally fly – thanks to autonomous tech. But expect 3-4 years of investor-seeking high-hopes, hype and press release positivity..before the plug is EVentually quietly pulled. Deja Disparu all overall again, I fear.
    Paul G

    Paul GOVAN

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