Flying cars are not limited to just transforming into taxis or buses of the future, they can also participate in the racing car sector, and Alauda has just proved it.
The first time he spoke on the subject of flying electric racing vehicles was in 2017, when Matt Pearson launched a Kickstarter to gauge interest and raise funds. The team announced its international public debut in mid-2019 and has now unveiled a fully functional, full-size electric flying race car – the Airspeeder Mk3.
Will compete this year, and Alauda Aeronautics is building currently several identical racing vehicles at their technical headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia, from where they will supply teams for the first races on electronically controlled circuits later this year.
The cars, for the time being, will not be manned, and will serve as a flight test bed that will collect data on vehicle dynamics, performance, safety and powertrain technology to inform the design and specifications of upcoming Manned Mk4, so the pilots will control the drones remotely.
Airspeeder Mk3 design
The design is reminiscent of an F1 race car from the 1950s, with a strong and rigid carbon fiber frame and fuselage that weighs around 100kg without crew. Its 96 kW electric powertrain is expected to drive the Mk3 at speeds of more than 120 km / h. It has eight rotors mounted in four pairs, and will allow you to take tight turns well while in the air.
At the time of the pit stops, the battery could be changed, as is done today with the tires.
When will we have races in heaven
Dates for the Airspeeder Mk3 series races have yet to be announced, but more than 10 identical flying racers will be provided to competing teams in the coming months.