Formula One can be electrifying, but the sport has reached a
period of marginal gains; designs and strategies are so refined,
we’re unlikely to see any major changes to cars or races in the
foreseeable future. So what can you do to increase the
Australian engineering company Alauda Racing believes it has an
answer: taking races above the track with low-altitude aircraft
that can tear around the circuit at up to 200kmph.
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Alauda Racing has designed a manned craft that’s part racing
drone, part F1 car specifically for the new sport. The Airspeeder
is fully electric, with a 500kW battery, a carbon-fiber chassis,
and the ability to take off and land vertically.
Ready for takeoff
This isn’t just a concept, either; the Airspeeder will be
debuted at the Goodwood
Festival of Speed in July, and manned flights are beginning
The Airspeeder World Championships are scheduled to launch in
2020, with five teams of two pilots competing for the grand
“Transport is changing, and motoring is becoming more than
two-dimensional,” says Matt Pearson, founder of Alauda Racing.
“Just like traditional motoring, flying cars need a forum to push
the technology further. What better way to achieve this than by
creating a global flying car series, the sport of this century, the
future of motorsport.”
Source: FS – All Tech News 2
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