Airspeeder, the world’s first piloted octocopter, could radically change the face of racing with the introduction of a new airborne motorsport series.
Airspeeder will make its global public debut at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world’s largest automotive garden party. The first Airspeeder World Championship is scheduled for 2020.
According to organisers: "The thrilling new Airspeeder race series combines the format of Formula E, the thrills of air racing and the glamour of F1."
Developed by Alauda Racing, an Australian start-up with the long-term ambition to use its technology to develop a world-beating flying sports car for sale to the public, the Mk. IV octocopters will hit speeds of 200km/h and offer a power-to-weight ratio superior to an F-18 fighter jet.
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International media and VIP guests will be treated to a spectacular flying display and race around an aerial track at the Goodwood Aerodrome, and adjacent to the Goodwood hillclimb route, during the festival weekend.
A static display of the Airspeeder Mk. IV, the world’s first piloted octocopter, will take centre stage amid the immersive technology of the Festival of Speed Future Lab.
With global giant DHL already on board as Airspeeder’s Logistics Partner, each sky-high Grand Prix will take place at a different landmark motorsport venue around the world, with Mk IV Airspeeder pilots competing in timed trials and heart-pounding white-knuckle head-to-head races 20 meters above ground. Manned demonstrations of the new Mk. IV race speeder, which will compete in the first world championship, will begin in the Mojave Desert this November.
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."