RACING EVENT FOR FLYING CARS
South Australia Startup
Before the end of 2020, Australian startup Airspeeder will host a full fledge flying car race in the remote South Australian Outback. Airspeeder has developed two flying cars. They are electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles eVTOLs or flying taxis. But these flying electric vehicles are specifically designed for air racing. The reason: vehicle racing has driven technology innovation.
Manned and Unmanned EVs
Airspeeder has invented the MK 4 which has a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph), weighs 120 KG (265 pounds) and seats a single pilot. The EV is powered by a 500 kw battery, has the same power to weight ratio as a fighter jet and provides 12 minutes flight time per battery. The company also has created the unmanned MK 2 which has a maximum speed of 60 km/h (37 mph), weighs 80 KG (176 pounds) and provides 7 minutes of flight time.
2020 - Perfect Year for Flying Cars
The company says 2020 has been the perfect year for flying cars. The technological breakthroughs in autonomous vehicles, drones and electric vehicles are directly applicable to flying cars. They add that flying cars are cheaper and safer than a helicopter which has more than 1,000 moving parts. Airspeeder vehicles have 16 moving parts, half of which are redundant.
Off to the Races
The exhibition race in the Outback will occur by the end of 2020.
Airspeeder will use its own unmanned vehicles that will be remotely controlled.