has revealed the world’s first fully functioning electric flying racing car. The Airspeeder Mk3, is a full-size remotely-operated electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL).
It will compete in an upcoming remotely piloted Airspeeder racing series that will stand as a technical testbed and feeder series to a manned racing series in 2022. The unveiling of the vehicle represents the realisation of more than three years of development work to create a sport that will accelerate a new clean-air aerial mobility revolution.
A full grid of MK3 electric flying race-craft is currently being manufactured at Airspeeder and Alauda’s technical headquarters 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 with the first races expected to take place later this year. These 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.