Recently, Alauda Aeronautics unveiled the design for the world's first crewed racing eVTOL, the Airspeeder Mk4.
With a top speed of 223.6 mph and a range of 186.4 miles, the Airspeeder Mk4 is powered by a hybrid hydrogen/battery system, including a 1,000 kW hydrogen turbogenerator that powers the batteries and motors. This Thunderstrike engine features a unique combustor that greatly reduces nitrous oxide emissions, while also sourcing green hydrogen for fuel to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible.
The Airspeeder Mk4 utilizes four pairs of shielded rotors, each of which are mounted on 3D-printed gimbals and adjusted for take-off and forward flight by an AI flight controller, giving the vehicle incredible precision essential in close-action racing. As a racing vehicle, the Airspeeder Mk4 was also designed to resemble an F1 race car, with the carbon fiber monocoque featuring front and rear wings, mid-body box wings, and sizable air intakes. Cameras, sensors, and communication equipment are also integrated around the vehicle’s frame.