Alaudia Airspeeder

Airspeeder
Alauda
Sydney, Australia
alaudaracing.com

The Alauda Airspeeder will be a four vertical propeller, single pilot, race vehicle.

The Mark I uses two forward and two rear vertical propellers and four custom 50-megawatt brushless motors. It is powered “by a the same battery employed by a Tesla S automobile” (presumed to be a 100 kWh Lithium Ion unit). An initial goal of ten minutes flying time has been set. A top speed of 250 km/h is expected.

Alauda intends to hold the world’s first Airspeeder World Championship in Australia in 2020. As different manufacturers enter the competition Alauda’s goal is to accelerate development of electric flying vehicles by placing them in a competitive environment.

A Mark II remote control 2 m (excluding propellers) model test flyer was flown June 23, 2018.

The Alauda company says it conducts much of its business in “stealth mode” so very limited information is available.

 

Airspeeder Characteristics (updated December 2017)

Top speed 250 km/h 155 mph
Frame aerospace aluminum
Body carbon fiber composite
Rotors 4
Motor type 50-kilowatt custom brushless
Weight 120 kg 265 lb
Power-to-weight ratio 1.66
Battery type lithium ion cells
Battery life 10 minutes (initial goal)

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AlaudaWingless (Multicopter)Scaled Prototype1 PassengerElectric/Batteries, Piloted