World’s First Flying Car Racing Series Takes Flight in Australia
More details will follow in the coming months according to the company
A new racing series that looks like something out of Star Wars, has completed its first test runs. The Alauda Airspeeder MK3 an electric powered multicopter took to the air in South Australia Thursday under the watchful eyes of Australia’s Civil Aviation Authority.
According to Matthew Pearson the founder of Alauda Aeronautics, the vehicle, which weighs about 286 pounds, has a thrust to weight ratio greater than that of a fighter jet. It will reach speeds ranging from 94 to just over 155 miles per hour.
“We are proud to introduce a sport that redefines what humans and machines can achieve together,” Pearson said. “These historic first flights are just the start and we are all excited to begin a momentous new chapter in motorpsort’s rich legacy.”
The vehicles are piloted remotely for now. But after some further testing which will start with side by side drag races, the company hopes to transition to pilots in the cockpits in the future.
According to the company the vehicle batteries have been re-designed and have 90% more capacity with only a 50% increase in weight over the earlier Airspeeder concept vehicle.
During races, power delivery profiles can be changed by ground-crews to respond to the different requirements of the electronically governed sky-tracks that Airspeeder pilots will follow.
Further details about the series will be released in the coming months, according to Pearson.