You read that right, the first electric flying car is ready to race. Meet the Airspeeder Mk3, Made in Australia.
The Australian brand never produces its first flying car, but rather the first with an electric motor.
The first electric flying car
Although the vehicle is being marketed as a flying electric vehicle, the Airspeeder lacks one important thing. The model has no wheels, so it cannot drive. In any case, the intention is to fly. Let’s just say if it can really be called a car.
The Airspeeder Mk3 brand design department describes it as a cross between a Formula 1 car from the 1950s and 1960s, a fighter jet and a helicopter. The helicopter comparison mainly concerns the way the Airspeeder takes off and lands. The fans are connected to all four parts of the body. In total, the flying electric car has eight rotating blades. This allows the Mk3 to take off and land vertically.
The driver must be less than 80 kg in weight
The engines provide a combined power of 320 kW (about 436 hp), with which the 130 kg air speed can fly up to 500 meters. The flying electric vehicle accelerates to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.8 seconds. If your weight is not more than 80 kg, you can drive.
In flight, the vehicle can make such tight turns so that up to 5G forces can be fired. This is similar to what Max Verstappen has to endure during a Formula 1 race.
Racing with electric flying cars
Speaking of racing, Australian automakers aim to launch the first Airspeeder Mk3 races in the second half of 2021. No pilot will ascend, but vehicles will be controlled remotely. Next year, the first races will be held with pilots on board.
This limousine is permitted on public roads and is for sale
For now, the brand will only focus on racing, but the developments will ultimately revolutionize mobility. It remains to be seen whether we will see flying cars over the highway for the foreseeable future. Read more about future plans here.
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