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Airspeeder Introduces the World’s First Electric Flying Racing Car Pilots

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In the summer of 2019, Alauda Aeronautics and Airspeeder Founder, Matt Pearson outlined a vision to create the most exciting next generation motor sport on the planet. In doing so, accelerating the arrival of the flying car mobility revolution we have been promised for generations.

Since then, a dedicated team of engineers, technical and sports rights minds drawn from the most celebrated names in motorsport, performance automotive and aviation have developed the world’s first and only fully functioning electric flying racing cars.

These vehicles will soon take place in a series of ground-braking races named the EXA Series. These historic first electric flying car Grand Prix will be competed by the world’s best Speeder pilots. They will race blade-to-blade at speeds of up to 300 km/h in locations where racing has never taken place before. This EXA Series is the permanent development formula for the forthcoming Airspeeder crewed electric flying car reces. As such, the competitors that have been chosen to take part will embark upon an extraordinary development journey, ascending from elite remote pilots into true history makers as the world’s first competitors in the forthcoming Airspeeder crewed races.

“This is the start of a new generation of motorsport led by some of the most talented and dynamic competitors from a wide range of motorsport and advanced air mobility backgrounds. This is just the beginning and we cannot wait to see Emily, Zephatali and Fabio plot a course to victory in the world’s first remotely piloted flying car racing series. Electric flying car racing is the most exciting and progressive form of motorsport in the world. We have been proud to show the potential of our Speeders in test settings but now is the time to get down to the serious business of pure sporting competition. Our first intake selected from the thousands of applicants reflects the breadth of backgrounds electric flying car racers will come from.” – Matt Pearson, Founder, Airspeeder and Alauda 

Airspeeder Electric Flying Racing Car Pilot Emily Duggan
Emily Duggan joins as Australia’s most successful female racing driver

“At heart I am a racer. I am joining Alauda and Airspeeder to push the boundaries of motorsport and make history as the world’s first winning electric flying car racer. I’m honoured to be part of making history by developing this entirely new generation of motorsport. ”

Emily is Australia’s most successful current racing driver. She has been recognised as a rising star woman in sport. A career that started in the NSW Excel Racing Series soon progressed to becoming the first female driver to race in the Australian V8 Touring Car Series. She has raced at Bathurst where she secured fastest lap in the 2016 Challenge Bathurst and has since completed in both the Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series and Kumho Super3 Series. Emily is a hands-on developer of racing cars and regularly works on the mechanical elements of the machines she drives. Emily has enjoyed much success on the track, scoring 12 wins, 33 podiums and 2 poles in her career.

Airspeeder Electric Flying Racing Car Pilot Zephatali Walsh
Zephatali Walsh joins from the Drone Champions League

“Racing has always pushed the limits of what is possible for both humans and their creations. I’m excited to demonstrate, through the competitive environment created by Airspeeder racing, technology that will help shape a flying-car future personal transport for my son’s generation.” 

Zephatali is a born competitor. He developed his sporting instincts as a surfer before starting a career that has seen him ascend to being one of the most admired multi-blade pilots in the world. He sees a natural progression between the sports. “The feeling of flying fast with high precision leaves me ecstatic and in awe of experience. I want to surf the air.” He is no stranger to competitive racing in a cutting edge sport. In 2020 Zephatali was drafted into the Drone Champions League where he competes with Raiden Racing. Like many prospective Airspeeder pilots his background sits along with the requirements to understand the wider context of the racing he will take part in. Indeed his path as a student of Environmental Science has developed a fascination with the role that racing plays in creating and accelerating a new clean-air mobility revolution.

Airspeeder Electric Flying Racing Car Pilot Fabio Tischler
Fabio Tischler has captured dynamic FPV content for the world’s leading brands including GoPro, Red Bull and Toyota

“I’m an instinctive racer with and am driven by my motto to ‘stop thinking and start flying’. Joining Airspeeder and Alauda gives me the opportunity to make history in these incredible first flying car Grand Prix. I’m so happy to be part of a truly progressive step towards a long-promised flying car future.” 

Fabio is a world-renowned FPV drone pilot. His work has taken him around the world capturing footage from brands including Red Bull, Toyota and Go Pro. Fabio’s path to racing is less than conventional. He gave up a corporate career and an education in finance to pursue his dream to unleash the potential of FPV drones to capture incredible content. Originally born and raised in Germany, he relocated to Sydney, Australia in 2015 to pursue a dream to fly drones professionally. He soon built a large social following through the creation of some of the most captivating film content in the business. This drew the attention of Alauda who invited him to become part of EXA, the world’s first series for remotely-piloted electric flying racing cars.

This first intake of pilots will undergo a rigorous process of training and development. This will include the logging of over 2000+ collective hours in the Alauda Aeronautics 6-DoF VR simulator, which will mimic an MK4 circuit race within an XR environment.

Alauda’s engineers and its technical collaborators including Telstra, AWS and NVIDIA, pilots will stress-test the Mk3 and Mk4 vehicles inside Unreal Engine to simulate racing.

Through their training programmes and the races they will master the dynamics of racing vehicle with the same thrust-to-weight ratio as an F16 fighter jet but with the added ability to perform rapid F1 car style hairpin turns. Through uncrewed EXA races and crewed Airspeeder races the latest augmented reality technology will be proven. This will seamlessly display the digital sky tracks that will define race-courses in some of the most remote and visually arresting scenery in the world.

A full suite of safety systems will also be pioneered. A systems based approach to safety integrating attest LiDAR and RADAR systems in a suite of technologies termed the ‘Virtual Force Field’ will free the pilots to compete in blade-to-blade proximity without the risk of colliding.

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