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We put “race car” in quotes because Airspeeder’s vehicle does not really qualify as a car. It doesn’t even have wheels for one. The Airspeeder Mk3 is realistically a giant vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) electric drone. At the moment concepts show a seat for a pilot and Airspeeder plans to test manned flights in the future, but for now this is just a matter of remote control.
As the name suggests, this is the third version of the concept and Airspeer has been hard at work for three years. And it uses a team of engineers from McLaren, Babcock Aviation, Boeing, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce and Brabham to build the first versions of the Mk 3.
The idea is to start a new racing series with pilots who control the Airspeeder remotely. Given the speeds and the danger that comes with it, remote control seems like a good idea. But the race should help Airspeeder prove the safety of its LiDAR and Radar Collision Avoidance systems. With those tests in place, human-controlled versions on the road should be easier to sell.
Airspeeder plans to test the vehicle soon and, assuming all goes well, will release more details about the races in the coming weeks.
Source: Airspeeder via ESPN