Airbus has become a Founding Partner
of Air Race E, the world’s first electric airplane race set to
launch its inaugural series in 2020.
The competition aims to drive the development and adoption
of cleaner, faster, and more technologically advanced electric
engines that can be applied to urban air mobility vehicles and,
eventually, commercial aircraft.
Air Race E will follow a format similar to the
popular Air Race 1 series of the sport known as formula one air
racing. Eight electric-powered airplanes will race directly
against each other on a tight 5-km circuit, just 10 metres above
the ground, and at speeds faster than any land-based motorsport.
Air Race E CEO, Jeff Zaltman, said, “We couldn’t
be happier or more optimistic for success with Airbus as our
Official Founding Partner. This partnership is a significant
milestone in the evolution of electric power in aviation.
Together, we’re working to create a mainstream platform in which
innovation in electric propulsion can be developed, nurtured, and
accelerated more rapidly.”
Airbus will work alongside other Air Race E
partners, including the University of Nottingham. The University
is currently developing a prototype race airplane powered by an
integrated electric motor, battery, and power electronics system.
The plane will help shape the model and rules for the inaugural
Air Race E race in 2020.
“We want to motivate manufacturers to showcase
their technologies across the full spectrum of electric propulsion
systems and components,” said Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology
Officer of Airbus. “This partnership enables us to demonstrate our
commitment to staying at the leading edge of electric propulsion
and developing a new ecosystem.”
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