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The Airspeeder Mk3 has been revealed. The Airspeeder Mk3 is the world's first all-electric flying race car. Airspeeder is an England based company that is looking forward to conducting a new global racing series for their flying cars.
The company claims that it has already started production of 10 units of the Mk3 flying car and will be provided to participating race teams. Initially, these flying cars will be piloted remotely before the 2022 season, where actual pilots will be flying the Airspeeder Mk3 within the cockpit.
In terms of safety, the Airspeeder Mk3 will come with LIDAR and Radar-based collision avoidance systems, and a strong carbon fibre tub. Even though Airspeeder is a British brand, the Airspeeder Mk3 flying electric cars are manufactured by Airspeeder's sister company - Alauda Aeronautics in Adelaide, Australia.
Despite not having any wheels, the races will be held very similar to current racing with pit stops for changing the batteries instead of tyres. Airspeeder claims that the pit stops will only take 14 seconds, thanks to Airspeeder Mk3's quick-release mechanism for the battery.
Powering the Airspeeder Mk3 is a 96Kw electric drivetrain, capable of sending 429BHP to its rotors. The power output may seem mediocre for 2021 but bear in mind that the kerb weight of the Airspeeder Mk3 is just 130 kilograms, thus putting it above the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet in terms of thrust-to-weight ratio.
This extraordinary thrust-to-weight ratio enables the Mk3 to accelerate from 0-100kmph in just 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 120km/h.
Thoughts On Airspeeder Mk3 Electric Flying Race Car
Time capsules from the 1950s or 1960s predicted flying cars in the early 2000s, but unfortunately enough we are nowhere close to that. Now, thanks to Airspeeder, flying cars are almost a reality. It should be an interesting race series to watch. Will flying cars be used on a daily basis? There is no answer to that question, at least for now.