All of us have seen automobiles, bikes, speed-boats and even monster vans being raced. However come 2020 and the world might be witness to Airspeeder World Championship. It is going to be a racing sequence for quadcopters and there might be 10 groups in whole with 2 pilots in every crew. The quadcopters that might be used within the racing sequence, the Airspeeder, was additionally revealed on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity. In actual fact, two Airspeeders went racing with one another and gave a glimpse of quadcopter racing. The 2 Mk II prototype Speeders raced head-to-head at speeds of as much as 100kmph and a median peak of 4 metres above the bottom.
The unveil was additionally a possibility to formally introduce Alauda Racing – the Australian start-up behind Airspeeder – and the globally broadcast sequence’ prestigious international title sponsor ‘Equals’. With the backing of Equals, and Official Logistics Accomplice DHL, Alauda Racing will use Airspeeder as a platform to develop highly-efficient and highly-effective ‘flying automobiles’ for business use.
In line with the proprietor of Alauda Racing, Matt Pearson, Airspeeder will mix the attraction of F1 together with the drama and pleasure as properly. The corporate has additionally displayed the Airspeeder Mk IV, which is the world’s first manned octocopter at Goodwood. It took centre stage and proved to be one of many main sights of the 2019 occasion.
The Airspeed races will happen beneath guidelines just like System E, so every race is prone to contain round 30 minutes of flat-out motion and embody one pit-stop for a battery swap. The Mk IV octocopters, or Speeders, that may ultimately compete within the first Airspeeder Grand Prix, will start manned demonstration flights within the Mojave Desert later this yr. The Octocopters can hit speeds of as much as 200kmph and can have a power-to-weight ratio superior to a fighter jet.
Every Mk IV Speeder might be 4 metres lengthy and can weigh roughly 250 kg. They are going to be propelled by eight 50 kw motors driving 60-inch blades, with energy offered by swappable 500 kw battery packs which may present full thrust for round 15 minutes.