Airspeeder and IWC Watches join forces to make ‘flying car’ dreams come true
If you are wondering “Where the hell is my flying car?” “, If some innovative experimental engineers, with the help of watchmaker IWC, get it right, the answer may be,” It’s coming sooner than you think. “
Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Founder Visionary Matthew Pearson Alauda Aeronautics / Airspeeder Efforts will soon exhibit state-of-the-art, electronically powered “quad-copter” vehicles in a series of remote-controlled and unmanned races bringing together 10 at a time, flying 65 to 130 feet off the ground at speeds in excess of 125 mph. But the ultimate goal of the program is to put human pilots in the seats within a few years.
In traditional racing terms, think of Alauda Aeronautics as the “McLaren,” the vehicle maker, and Airspeeder as the “F1,” a generic reference to the type of vehicle and the racing series itself.
Considering IWC’s esteemed heritage in producing some of the best aviator’s watches in the world, its involvement with Airspeeder as vehicle sponsor and official race timing partner is a natural fit: ‘C’ is fantastic to play a role in making Matt’s bold vision a reality. . The Airspeeder team are true aviation pioneers and they bring together two things that are really dear to the heart of IWC, ”says Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC. “From making some of the best pilot’s watches on the planet over the past 80 years, to modern design and racing, we’ve always equipped and inspired those who dare to dream. We are proud to collaborate in a company that will have such a progressive impact on society ”
Pearson himself is quick to show his IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince” during our interview. “This timepiece, which pays tribute to the author and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, bears some of the characteristics of our collaboration with IWC: it recalls the golden age of aviation and the desire for progress that we hope to embody with Airspeeder, but he also carries an element of whimsy and whimsy via Exupery’s The little Prince writing. Plus, it’s just very beautiful and visually exciting.
The current, unmanned Alauda Mk 3 eVTOL (electronic vertical take-off / landing) craft can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds with a thrust-to-weight ratio that outshines an F-15 fighter jet. But this power is decidedly low impact, a 300 kW power plant provides abundant lift with zero emissions. And the planned races, which will start in the second half of this year and visit three continents, will be defined circuits, but there will be no tracks. The vehicles will fly over natural terrain and face natural and man-made obstacles during the competition. And quick pit stops with battery change will also mimic more traditional racing strategies.
“The plan is to start with unmanned racing, and there are a multitude of reasons to do so,” says Pearson. “These races are meant to build excitement around the technology, but also to allow us to do due diligence and collect vital data on vehicles and our own intelligent collision avoidance systems so that we can meet our own internal security requirements and any regulatory restrictions before we take the next step.
That next step is the Alauda Mk4 project, which will have enough power and will operate with a fully verified safety protocol to accommodate human pilots. In the ultimate vision, the machine is the marriage of an F1 car, a fighter plane and a helicopter. In functional terms, when crewed races begin in 2022 and beyond, the driver will be seated in the cockpit in the same way a driver is placed in a modern F1 car.
“Currently, Alauda is the only manufacturer to manufacture these vehicles,” continues Pearson. “But we plan to be fully open source on our technology and share it with other potential manufacturers. We want to see this advance in air mobility spread and spread; and what better way to do it than to encourage even more head-to-head aerial competitions. “
Get an overview of what this competitive breed might contain below: