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|
|Body||carbon fiber composite|
|Motor type||50-kilowatt custom brushless|
|Weight||120 kg||265 lb|
|Battery type||lithium ion cells|
|Battery life||10 minutes (initial goal)|
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- Article: ‘world’s first flying car’ race could predict the future of sports, DesignBoom, Dec. 20, 2017
- Article: Meet Alauda, the company that wants to build flying cars and race them, Mashable, Dec. 14. 2017
- Article: Australian Startup Alauda Wants to Race Flying Cars by the End of the Decade, The Drive, Dec. 12, 2017
- Article: Flying cars don’t exist yet, but one company already wants to race them in the desert, The Verge, December 11, 2017