Meet Rolls Royce's potential record breaking electric airplane
Rolls Royce is a big name in the automotive industry and an even bigger one in the aviation industry. They're one of the biggest manufacturers of airplane engines in the world. Their most famous creation is arguably the mighty Merlin V12 powering all sorts of WW2 era airplanes including the legendary Spitfire.
They've recently unveiled the ACCEL with the goal of breaking the speed record for electric airplanes. Powering the ACCEL are three high tech motors courtesy of YASA capable of 1000 horsepower thanks to the most powerful battery ever put in an airplane. This should be plenty to break the previous record set by Siemens who achieved 211 mph or 340 km/h.
The ACCEL is filled with other high tech gizmos such as 20000 sensors making sure the thing doesn't fall from the sky. The total range should be enough to get you from London to Paris in one charge. Rolls Royce is aiming for 300 mph but says it will probably go faster. Here's the thing, 300 mph isn't all that fast.
First of all there's the power. I've mentioned before that the max output of the batteries is 1000 horsepower. But for some reason it will only use half of that for the record attempt. The propeller itself will only run at 2400 rpm for a smooth and quiet flight. Now I don't know about you but when i imagine top speed runs i don't consider noise or comfort to be a factor.
To put all this into perspective look no further than the plane it's based on, the Sharp Nemesis NXT. That only has a 350 horsepower engine but still manages to go 407 mph. Sure the ACCEL is obviously heavier thanks to the batteries but it has almost three times the power.
It looks like Rolls Royce can't seem to decide what this plane is supposed to be, a record chasing speed machine or a quiet relaxing long distance cruiser. Despite this I truly believe it has great potential. Let's hope they actually use that when it takes to the skies in 2020.