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AIRSPEEDER ACTION: Will ‘motorsport’ take to the skies – only 20m high – in competition to conventional Formula 1 racing.. Image: Suppllied

LONDON, England – Airspeeder, described by its promotors as ”a radical new airborne motorsport for the 21st century” – will debut at the July 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

The series is said to combine the Formula E format with ”the thrills of air racing and the glamour of F1”.

Money management company Equals will be the title sponsor ahead of its corporate launch at the festival to be hosted by the Duke of Richmond, on July 4, 2019.

WATCH AN Airspeeder demonstration here

Motorsport fans, VIP’s and the international news media will watch ”a spectacular” flying race around an aerial track over the Goodwood aerodrome in England, adjacent to the annual Goodwood hill-climb route, during the festival weekend.

A static display of the Airspeeder Mk. IV, the world’s first piloted octocopter (defined as having various numbers of horizontal propellers) will take centre stage amid the immersive technology of the Festival of Speed Future Lab.

The sponsors believe the Airspeeder series could ”reset motorsport, using competition as a canvas to develop highly efficient and highly effective airborne vehicles”.

AIRSPEEDER: Will ‘motorsport’ b etaking to the skies?

Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of Equals, told The Corner in a media release: “We’re delighted to have agreed this partnership with Airspeeder for a new generation of motorsport. The ingenuity and engineering behind Airspeeder make it a perfect fit for Equals, as these are also the drivers behind our new brand identity.”

The Mk. IV octocopters, developed by Australian start-up Alauda Racing, are regarded by their maker as a flying sport car, for sale to the public,  which can reach 200km/h and offer a power-to-weight ratio superior to that of an F-18 fighter jet.

The aircraft will give demo flights and the new championship will have five teams and 10 pilots.

TIMED AIRBORNE TRIALS

”Each ‘Grand Prix’ ,” the organisers say, ”will be run at landmark motorsport venues around the world in races described as ”head-to-head” – which The Corner fervently hopes will not be the case…

The copters will compete in timed trials and airborne racing only 20m above ground.

Manned demonstrations of the copters will start in the Mojave Desert in the US in November 2019.

NOTE: The media information did not indicate whether the ‘pilots’ would be aboard – or merely controlling the craft from hand-held consoles, feet firmly on the ground.

 

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