Flying race car pioneered eVTOL technology


Alauda Aeronautics is looking for an OEM partner to join the airborne motorsport revolution by introducing the Airspeeder Mk4. The Airspeeder Mk4 is claimed to be the world’s first and fastest manned flying vehicle.

Designed and built in Adelaide, South Australia, the Airspeeder Mk4 is the fastest electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the world. Allowing him to reach a top speed of 360kph (225mph) in just 30 seconds from a standing start, the bike was designed to set the benchmark for performance and technology in the radical new sport of piloted airspeeder racing. I’m here.

With a sophisticated electric propulsion system, advanced aerodynamics, and a takeoff weight (MTOW) of just 950 kg, the Airspeeder Mk4 is highly efficient, producing nearly zero emissions while producing 300 km (188 mile ) range.

The new aircraft is a remotely piloted Mk3 development that has successfully completed over 350 test flights and participated in two Airspeeder demonstration races in South Australia in 2022.

The Airspeeder Mk4 has a 1,000kW (1,340hp) turbogenerator that powers the battery and motor. Designed specifically for use in eVTOL, this revolutionary technology enables the use of green hydrogen as fuel, providing safe, reliable and sustainable power over long distances and flight times.

Alauda Aeronautics’ demonstrator “Thunderstrike” engine incorporates a unique combustor made using 3D printing technology developed for rocket engines in the space industry. The combustor design keeps the hydrogen flame relatively cool and significantly reduces nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions.

Hydrogen is the ideal fuel for future aviation, especially for personal air travel in urban areas. Its high energy density, light weight and compact storage make it suitable for small aircraft. It is also non-toxic and produces no emissions except pure water, so it does not cause air pollution.

This technology not only ushers the existing eVTOL industry into the next generation H2eVTOL era, but also has the potential to significantly reduce emissions and create a sustainable future for personal air travel.

Most eVTOLs are steered using tiltrotors that are vertically positioned for takeoff and landing and horizontally positioned for cruising. In contrast, the Mk4 uses its own gimbal thrust system to steer. This allows an artificial intelligence flight controller to independently tune her four rotor pairs mounted on a lightweight 3D-printed gimbal. This allows the Mk4 to not only be fast in a straight line, but also maneuver with incredible precision, essential for close-quarters racing.

Alauda Aerospace plans to begin flight testing of the Mk4 chassis and powertrain in the first quarter of 2023, including the aircraft’s first manned flight. The aircraft will be ready to take to the starting line in the 2024 Airspeeder Racing Championship.

The Airspeeder Racing series has a huge fan base around the world, attracting the world’s top pilots. But it’s not just a spectacular show of speed and skill. It is also a testing ground for sustainable green propulsion systems that could change the way we travel in the future.

Beyond racing, Alauda Aeronautics already sees a world where private flying cars become an everyday reality and a viable urban transportation option. A team of engineers and designers drawn from companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Ferrari, MagniX and McLaren believe the technology can make air travel faster, more efficient, greener and more accessible than ever before. I’m sure you can.

Alauda Aeronautics CEO Matt Pearson commented: But eVTOL is already a trillion-dollar industry, and he sees a very large market for private flying vehicles emerging in the near future.

“In traditional aerospace, there are roughly the same number of private jets as there are commercial jets in operation. is.

“If we can sell a flying car for the same price as a Tesla, we will soon see the balance shift. The potential for people to own and drive their own flying cars is huge, and it’s an exciting time.”

He added: We built the vehicle, developed the sport, secured the venue, and attracted sponsors and technology partners. Now is the time for some of the world’s most progressive, innovative and ambitious car brands, OEMs and motorsport teams to join a truly revolutionary new motorsport. ”

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