Introducing: The World’s First Flying Electric Race Car Drivers

“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 start and we can’t wait to see Emily, Zephatali and Fabio blaze the trail to victory in the world’s first series of remotely piloted flying car racing.Electric flying car racing is the most exciting and progressive form of motorsport in the world. We’ve been proud to show the potential of our Speeders in testing, but now it’s time to get serious about pure sport competition. Our first selection from thousands of applicants reflects the breadth of the riders’ backgrounds flying electric cars.
Matt Pearson, Founder, Airspeeder and Alauda

In the summer of 2019, Alauda Aeronautics and Airspeeder founder Matt Pearson laid out a vision to create the most exciting next-generation motorsport on the planet. By doing so, we are accelerating the arrival of the flying car mobility revolution that has been promised to us for generations.

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

These vehicles will soon compete in a series of ground braking races called the EXA Series. These first historic Grand Prix of flying electric cars will be contested by the best Speeder drivers in the world. They will race blade to blade at speeds of up to 300 km/h in places where racing has never happened before. This EXA series is the permanent development formula for the next airspeeder crewed electric flying car reconnaissance. As such, the competitors who have been chosen to participate will embark on an extraordinary development journey, growing from elite remote pilots to true history makers as the world’s first competitors in upcoming crewed races. Airspeeder.

These next-generation racing machines first flew publicly in the summer of 2021 through development flights that took place at secret locations across the deserts of South Australia. As the technical team worked tirelessly to design and validate these revolutionary flying vehicles, more than 1,500 people applied to become story makers and pioneers as the world’s first electric flying car racers. Indeed, in June 2019, Matt Pearson showed up at the Agility Prime gathering of the world’s elite civilian and military pilots and announced an open invitation to pilots. It attracted the largest pool of talent ever assembled for a new form of motorsport. Thousands of people from around the world from aviation, racing, performance automotive, UAM flight and even esports have answered the call to make history as the first pilots of electric flying cars in the world.

An exhaustive selection process followed. Key attributes far beyond mere competitive instincts were evaluated in the final choices. To be part of this initial number, the raw skill of the pilot is not enough. These people were chosen because of their ability to work closely with the greatest technical minds to help develop both an entirely new form of groundbreaking technology and the very fundamentals of a sport that promises to rapidly accelerate its development. These women and men are therefore not only top competitors but have also demonstrated an extraordinary sensitivity to the technical requirements to test and refine a form of aerial motor racing built from a blank sheet of paper.

In that sense, they are the ultimate development race pilots and will work as a vital arm of the Alauda Aeronautics engineering team to lead an approach to fine-tune the dynamic and tactical nuances that will make EXA and Airspedeer races the best. most compelling and progressive sports entities. in the world. Now, as those historic first remotely driven Grand Prix races draw near, now is the time to reveal the first drivers who will chart a course to victory and a place in the history books both from the dawn of a new sport and a bold new sport. the era of advanced air mobility.


“Basically, I am a runner. I join Alauda and Airspeeder in pushing the boundaries of motorsport and making history as the world’s first electric flying car driver. I am honored to be part of history developing this all new generation of motorsport. ”

Emily is Australia’s most successful current racing driver. She has been recognized as a rising female star in the sport. A career that began in the NSW Excel Racing Series quickly evolved into becoming the first female driver to race in the Australian V8 Touring Car Series. She raced at Bathurst where she set the fastest lap of the 2016 Bathurst Challenge and has since competed in both the Australian Toyota 86 Racing series and the Kumho Super3 series. Emily is a hands-on race car developer and regularly works on the mechanicals of the machines she drives. Emily has enjoyed great success on the track, earning 12 wins, 33 podiums and 2 poles in her career.

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

Zephatali is a born competitor. He developed his sporting instincts as a surfer before beginning a career that saw him become one of the world’s most admired multiblade riders. He sees a natural progression between sports. “The feeling of flying fast with great precision leaves me ecstatic and in awe of the 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 would-be Airspeeder pilots, his experience goes hand in hand with the demands to understand the broader context of the race he will be competing in. Indeed, his journey as an environmental science student has developed a fascination with the role running plays in creating and accelerating a new revolution in clean-air mobility.

“I’m an instinctive runner driven by my motto ‘stop thinking and start flying’. Joining Airspeeder and Alauda gives me the opportunity to enter the history of 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 images from brands such as Red Bull, Toyota and Go Pro. Fabio’s path to racing is less than conventional. He gave up a career in business and a background in finance to pursue his dream of unleashing the potential of FPV drones to capture incredible content. Originally born and raised in Germany, he moved to Sydney, Australia in 2015 to pursue his dream of flying drones professionally. He quickly built a large social following through the creation of some of the most captivating cinematic content in the industry. This caught the attention of Alauda who invited him to be part of EXA, the world’s first series of remotely driven electric flying racing cars.

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

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

Through their training programs and racing, they will master the dynamics of a racing vehicle with the same thrust-to-weight ratio as an F16 fighter jet, but with the added ability to perform fast hairpin turns of F1 style. Through uncrewed EXA races and crewed Airspeeder races, the latest in augmented reality technology will be put to the test. This will seamlessly display the digital sky tracks that will define racetracks in some of the most remote and visually arresting landscapes in the world.

A full suite of security systems will also be developed. A systems-based approach to safety integrating proven LiDAR and RADAR systems into a suite of technologies called “virtual force field” will allow pilots to compete in blade-to-blade proximity without the risk of collision.

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