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Air Race to launch all-electric event

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Eight airplanes will race directly against each other, only metres above the ground at speeds of over 400kph around a 1.5-km tight circuit

As the buzz around electric aviation intensifies, companies across the sector are being invited to become founding technical partners of the latest electric motorsport series: Air Race E.

The “Experimental” Formula Air Race planes, electrically-powered and driven by a propeller, are the only planes in the world designed specifically for racing in accordance with the Air Race E Formula.

Jeff Zaltman, CEO of Air Race Events and the founder of Air Race 1 World Cup, commented: “We are thrilled to announce the world’s first and only all-electric airplane racing championship. Air Race E has secured all the key components to make this vision a reality: the airplanes, the race pilots, the engineers, the sports associations, a test center in Europe and the racing heritage and expertise that is unrivalled in the world.

“We are now just looking for the best powerplant and electrical systems for the job. Air Race E will become the unifying body that will drive the development and promotion of cleaner and faster electric aircraft.”

Manufacturers from the fields of electric motors, inverter systems, batteries and other associated systems have been asked to come forward.

Air Race E is to be sanctioned by the two formula air racing governing bodies – the official Formula Air Racing Association (FARA) and Association des Pilotes D’Avions de Formules (APAF).

Dominique Milcendeau, President of APAF, said: “There is no doubt that air racing has been significant in aircraft and engine designs and in technological developments. The Schneider Trophy, the Reno Air Races, the Gordon Bennet Trophy and the Cleveland Races ring in the mind of pilots but also engineers worldwide.

“The future of electric aviation is now; and Air Race E will enable the link between the world’s greatest technicians and air racing teams in a global competition offering an opportunity to showcase and test the technological advances of the electrical propulsion domain.”

Air Race E will have similar format to the ‘Formula 1 pylon air racing’ where the world’s best race pilots compete simultaneously to cross the finish line. The format includes all aspects of electric aviation from take-off to inflight power management to charging capabilities.

Air Race E plans to launch the inaugural series of international races in 2020.


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