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Airspeeder Mk3: The flying racing car

If the Australian start-up Alauda has its way, the Airspeeder Mk3 laid the basis for future motorsport in the air. In contrast to electrified taxis, autonomous transport vehicles, buses and tractors, the concept is aimed at the Racing sector. So it's not surprising that the company is already working on a global racing series.

Based on the racing icons of the 1950s

The Airspeeder Mk3 is currently an electrified aircraft that can be taken off and landed vertically and moved through the air by remote control. Alauda's aim is to pave the way for a manned train. The Australians are thus introducing the world's first electric racing car for the air. This is built in its original size and will take part in the first races of an Airspeeder series in the course of the year. But still without a pilot on the plane.

The Airspeeder Mk3 is conceived and produced in Adelaide, South Australia. To date, more than 10 of these flight companions have been made. These go to the different teams, who then race for victory on the electronically controlled race tracks. As shown in the promo video, the design is reminiscent of the racing icons from the 1950s. The first racing series with the flying racing cars is not just intended as a "display". Much more, this should put everything to the test.

Equipped with radar, LiDAR and image processing

With the data on the performance of the drive technology used, safety and flight dynamics, the Mk4 racing series will soon be launched. A motorsport event in the air, in which real drivers take the wheel. So far, the Airspeeder Mk3 have delivered one maximum speed of 120 km / h. Driven by a 96 kW electric drive, one of the flying racing cars weighs around 100 kg without a crew.

The entire structure was realized by Alauda with a robust carbon frame. With the 4 rotors, according to the manufacturer, you can fly sharp hairpin turns in the race, as you know from classic Formula 1 races. However, with the difference that the 3rd dimension is added. After all, the Airspeeder Mk3 can too moved vertically become. In addition, the Australian start-up has thought of a simple technology for replacing the battery. This also enables a kind of pit stop.

The first racing series of its kind: Airspeeder Mk3

Cars, bicycles, skateboards, trucks and tractors are already used in racing series. Now, with the flying vehicle from Australia, there is another ambitious project that will also be flown manned by 2022. The first data on the way to this will be collected in the coming season, which will first be remote-controlled flying. It is not yet sufficiently known which teams take part in the races with the Airspeeder Mk3.

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