Unnamed Concept eVTOL Racer
Air Race E
Air Race E founded in April 2018 in Dubai, UAE, has the goal of the planning and hosting air racing championships around the world using Formula One rules for only 100% electric aircraft. Air Race E has a test center where prototype electric planes are manufactured and tested. Airbus became an Official Founding Partner of Air Race E in Feb. 2019.
The company has indicated they are making a concept electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) racing aircraft. While little specifications are available, the eVTOL racing aircraft holds one passenger, the aircraft has four ducted fans (eight total propellers), a canopy for excellent views and with an inverted V-tail.
According to the Air Race E Wikipedia web page, its core mission is to:
- Develop electric propulsion technology for aircraft
- Promote green aviation
- Entertain audiences with high speed air racing
In addition, part of Air Race E's mission is to help drive the development and adoption of cleaner, faster and more technologically advanced electric motors that can be applied to urban air mobility aircraft and long-range electric commercial aircraft.
The Company Has Several Classes Of Air Races
- Open Class - Any and all manufacturers can produce their own unique powertrain configurations up to 150kW power and in accordance with the formula rules.
- Performance Class - This class will race under almost identical procedural rules as the Open Class. However, this formula does allow some modifications and enhancements to the powertrain and remains open on the airframe.
- V-Class - This class is an entirely different and new category of aircraft for Air Race E. The company has stated this race format and its rules will be somewhat different than the airplane classes and will be revealed soon.
There has been no mention when or if they will make any type of prototype eVTOL racer aircraft.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL racing concept design
- Piloting: 1 pilot
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 8 propeller (4 ducted fans)
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Tail: Inverted V-tail
- Windows: Canopy type window for excellent forward, left, right and top views
- Landing gear: Unknown
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.