The first race Air Race E electric planes according to the rules of “Formula 1” is expected next year. Technical and sponsorship support of the event and the participating teams carried out the Airbus and the Formula Air Racing Association. Previously, applications for participation in the race has filed eight teams from the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Recently its application was filed by the Norwegian team.
Each “race” can simultaneously engage 8 elektrozapalom. The total length of the route for the competition is approximately 5 km flight Altitude along the route does not exceed 9 metres. The flight speed of the aircraft will reach 400 km/h. There is a suspicion that the organizers of the race inspired race pods from the universe of “Star wars”. The question immediately arises, and it will be safe for racers and spectators? Vehicles weighing from 300 to 350 kg at low altitude will be worn on the ring at a speed of 400 km/h does not Sound very safe.
Judging from preliminary information received, all electrocapillary for the races represent certain modifications, often minor, models fuel racing planes for the classic Formula Air Racing Association (the first race started in the late 30-ies of the last century). For example, shown in November last year at the air show in Dubai electroanalyt White Lightning British racing team Condor Aviation was a copy of the eponymous fuel plane-winner in several races in the 80-s and 90-ies of the last century.
The Norwegian team of company Equator Aicraft is going to go a similar path. To race in the company modifies single-seat monoplane Cassutt IIIM, replacing the fuel and engine electrical. At the same time, the company Equator Aicraft there are original developments in the form of several variants of electric seaplanes. This double P2 Xcursion, which is now undergoing flight tests (see first photo above), four eight-X4 and X8.
Part in races of elektrozapalom will allow participants to gain experience in the design and construction of aircraft electrical motors. Airbus does not just become a technical consultant teams. She since 2014 actively involved in the development of hybrid and all-electric aircraft. Sports electrocapillary unlikely to become a mass phenomenon, but the obvious way will help in the development of aviation on electric. Finally, it will be just beautiful.