We’ve seen many genres of racing, from the Indy 500 to power boat racing, Reno air racing to motorcycles steeply leaning into curves, and so it may have been inevitable that electric-powered Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) racers would emerge as another facet of advanced air mobility.
Designed and built in Adelaide, South Australia, the Airspeeder Mk4 is the world’s fastest hydrogen electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Shown here are concept vehicle designs and early demonstration racers. Capable of reaching a top speed of 360 kph (225 mph) in just 30 seconds from a standing start, Airspeeder is designed to set the bar for performance and technology in the radical new sport of piloted Airspeeder racing. This now opens the door to OEM teams to join Airspeeder in a motorsport revolution, as it unveils the world’s first crewed flying eVTOL in performance sports. With its sophisticated electric propulsion system, advanced aerodynamics and a take-off weight (MTOW) of just 950kg, the Airspeeder Mk4 reportedly has a range of 300km (188 miles) and produces near-zero emissions. Watch the inaugural race that took place down under in 2022, here. Stay tuned—The Hangar will keep you posted on new developments in this burgeoning piloted eVTOL racing sport!