The fact that we still don’t have flying cars remains the most-clear sign that the future we’ve all been promised for decades still hasn’t arrived. But that’s about to change, at least when it comes to motorsports. Alauda Aeronautics and Airspeeder have just unveiled the Airspeeder Mk3, the world’s first full-size flying electric race car.
The Airspeeder Mk3 is no mere concept. It has been revealed in fully-functioning form and is ready to race. The carbon fiber-framed eVTOL weighs in at 220 lb., has a 129 hp electric motor, and is capable of speeds over 75 mph. Laid out in an “octocopter X formation,” Airspeeder says the Mk3 can make sharp turns just like a Formula One car, but with the added advantage of vertical mobility. The vehicle also incorporates a rapid battery removal and replacement system for speedy pit stops during actual races, while a radar and LiDAR collision-avoidance system prevents airborne crashes. The first Airspeeder races are planned for later this year and will take place internationally, with pilots remotely controlling more than 10 Mk3s. Then in 2022, Airspeeder plans on holding manned races with its yet-to-be-launched Mk4. The future has finally arrived.