Flying car race winner crowned in Australia




Flying car specs: The 4.1 metre Airspeeder flying car (eVTOL) is a carbon fibre construction full scale racing quadcopter. It’s a performance machine with the maximum power delivering 320kW, equalling an Audi SQ7 performance SUV. While the Audi weighs 2,500kg the Airspeeder flying car (without pilot) weighs just 130kg. It can lift a weight of more than 80kg, proving the viability of the powertrain for piloted races. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 2.8 seconds and the Airspeeder flying car can climb to 500 meters.

The engineer works quickly during a pitstop.

The winner of the world’s first flying car race, Zeph Walsh, told Sorted Magazine: We’ve been developing this sport behind the scenes over hundreds of hours of simulator, engineering and testing work and through this process we have been united as a group of pilots with one common goal; to deliver this historic first race. As soon as the lights turned green, we became racers competing for a place in the history of this sport and flying cars as the coming transportation revolution. I couldn’t be prouder to know that forever more I’ll be the first winner of an electric flying car race and I look forward to retaining my crown as we go racing around the world in the coming months.”

Speaking from Adelaide, Australia the race Founder Matt Pearson explained the historic implications: Every transformative moment in human transportation has been accelerated by motor sport. As we stand on the cusp of the 21st century’s great leap forward in delivering on the promise of flying cars, the role competition plays is as important as ever. For this reason, in winning the world’s first flying car race, Zephatali Walsh hasn’t just made motor sport history but writes his own chapter in the genesis of a mobility revolution. This is just the start, this first race offers only a glimpse of our promise to deliver the most progressive, transformative and exciting motor sport in the world. We look forward to delivering many more races and breath-taking moments.”

The circuit race took place over a one kilometre digital sky track and played out in two sessions punctuated by rapid battery swap pit stops. The sport is over four years in the making and future races will be staged in places where racing has never been seen before. Digital sky tracks, and a light approach to infrastructure, means racing can take place in a range of landscapes including marine, forest or desert settings.

Walsh beat fellow competitor Fabio Tischler in this inaugural EXA remotely piloted race. This was the first time two pilots were given full license to race their 4.1m long eVTOL race craft in a fully competitive race setting. Skill and commitment were on show from the start with three overtakes in the first lap. A daring manoeuvre was rewarded when Walsh overtook Tischler who had gone wide at Turn One. Flying just one meter below his fellow competitor Walsh secured the track position that ultimately led to this landmark victory.

Val Fraser

Val Fraser is a trained journalist with over 12 years’ experience working on staff in various demanding media environments. She has authored/edited thousands of articles including news, travel and features. Val has authored/contributed to nine non-fiction books. A regular columnist, she stepped up to the role of Digital Editor in September 2022 and is responsible for the Sorted Magazine website.

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