Racing has been around since the start of time itself. From chariots in Ancient Roman Amphitheaters to 1930’s Harley Davidson motorcycles racing along loose gravel to modern-day Formula One races, humans have had a fascination with speed. All types of racing can be dangerous, and people die every year in accidents, but that doesn’t stop us wanting to go faster and faster. Racing and competition is in our DNA.
- Flying cars won’t be just for urban mobility, just like terrestrial cars, people won’t be able to pass up the opportunity to race.
- The Airspeeder will be a single person octocopter capable of 15-minutes of flight specifically built for competition.
- The concept recently debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the first official event is expected in November.
- So, what will bring us to the next level of speed and fearsome competition? The answer is the Airspeeder, a race car for the skies.
The idea was first proposed by Australian entrepreneur Matt Pearson and his small team of passionate engineers. The goal was to create something fun to fly and exciting to talk about. With companies looking to the skies to make mobility easier through the use of large flying drones, the Airspeeder carves its niche with a focus on excitement as well as practicality. Think of Airspeeder as an exotic car the skies. They can’t fly for long and can only seat one person, but people still love them because they’re fast and cool.
The MK4 Racer
Currently, the Airspeeder team is working on the new MK4 racer, which should be available in 2020. The MK4 is an octocopter, powered by an interchangeable 500 kW battery it will hit speeds of 125 MPH. It is expected to offer a power-to-weight ratio superior to an F-18 fighter jet. Each battery provides 15 minutes of flight time, running out to 60-inch propellers, which are powered by 8 5 kW motors. Unlike many flying vehicles, the MK4 racer is designed to be flown by an experienced pilot rather than autonomously, so it features controls like you’ll find in a helicopter.
It truly looks like something from outer space or a sci-fi movie set in 2080. Who would have thought 50 years ago, we’d actually have a real flying car like vehicle?! What an exciting time to live.
Public Debut Of The Airspeeder
The Airspeed racers were recently introduced at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. International media and VIP guests were treated to a spectacular flying display, as well as a race around the aerial track at the Goodwood Aerodrome.
Matt Pearson, founder and CEO of Alauda Racing and the driving force behind the Airspeeder race series, said: “Flying cars are no longer a fantasy, they are a reality, and Goodwood Festival of Speed is the perfect place to introduce Airspeeder to the world. We’ve taken design cues from the golden era of racing, and we’re sure the tens of thousands of enthusiasts present will instantly appreciate this evolution of motorsport. Totally absorbing, and all electric, it will appeal to a whole new generation of race fans.”
A static display of the Airspeeder 4, the world’s first piloted octocopter, took center stage amid the immersive technology of the Festival of Speed Future Lab.
Airspeeder is sponsored by Equals, an investment company. It sees the Airspeeder as an opportunity to reset motorsport, using competition as a canvas to develop highly efficient and highly effective airborne vehicles.
Speaking on the title sponsorship of Airspeeder, Ian Equals CEO Strafford-Taylor said: “We’re delighted to have agreed on this partnership with Airspeeder who are using cutting-edge technology to deliver a new generation of motorsport. The spirit of ingenuity and engineering behind Airspeeder makes it the perfect fit for Equals, as these are also the drivers behind our new brand identity.”
What’s Next For Airspeeder Racing
Airspeeder has planned the sky-high Grand Prix which will take place at various landmark motorsport venues around the world. Mk4 Airspeeder pilots will compete in time trials in the first world championship in the Mojave Desert this November.
It is only a matter of time before other companies and startups take up the innovation gauntlet and join the race circuit to produce exciting fast and furious flying racing machines of their own. Through Airspeeder and the next generation of racing vehicles, we are witnessing the making of racing history.