Alauda Aeronautics have unveiled the Airspeeder Mk4, the first crewed version of its flying racing car.
Designed and built in Adelaide, South Australia, the Airspeeder Mk4 is the world’s fastest hydrogen electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Capable of reaching a top speed of 360 kph (225 mph) in just 30 seconds from a standing start, it’s designed to set the bar for performance and technology in the radical new sport of piloted Airspeeder racing.
This now opens the door to OEM teams to join Airspeeder in a motorsport revolution, as it unveils the world’s first, and fastest, crewed flying racing car for performance sports. It also boasts a Thunderstrike Hydrogen Turbogenerator offers exceptional range of 300km (188 miles), and Artificial Intelligence Gimballed Thrust technology produces handling qualities of a Formula 1 car.
The announcement comes ahead of the first crewed races scheduled for 2024.
Matt Pearson, CEO, Alauda Aeronautics says: “We, and the world, are ready for crewed flying car racing. We have built the vehicles, developed the sport, secured the venues, attracted the sponsors and technical partners. Now is the time for the world’s most progressive, innovative and ambitious automotive brands, OEM manufacturers and motorsport teams to be part of a truly revolutionary new motorsport. In unveiling the crewed Mk4 we show the vehicles that will battle it out in blade-to-blade racing crewed by the most highly-skilled pilots in their fields.”
With its sophisticated electric propulsion system, advanced aerodynamics and a take-off weight (MTOW) of just 950kg, the Airspeeder Mk4 is also extremely efficient, with a projected range of 300km (188 miles) while producing near-zero emissions.
The Airspeeder Mk4 is powered by a 1,000 kW (1,340 horsepower) turbogenerator which feeds power to the batteries and motors. Specifically designed for use in eVTOLs, this revolutionary technology allows green hydrogen to be used as fuel, providing safe, reliable and sustainable power over long distances and flight times.
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The Mk4 has a projected range of over 300 km (188 miles). As well as taking the existing eVTOL industry into the next-generation H2eVTOL era, this technology has the potential to significantly reduce emissions and create a sustainable future for individual air travel. Alauda’s racing multicopters are built at their new advanced aerospace engineering hub in Adelaide, South Australia by engineers drawn from elite motorsports, automotive, aviation and even FPV drone, electric plane, electric vehicles and passenger drone backgrounds.