“Electric flying cars are a coming reality that will liberate our cities and answer the long-term mobility challenges we face. Nothing drives technology as fast as competition. The F1 racers of the early 20th century possessed a pioneering spirit we are harnessing today to rapidly accelerate progress. This seed investment represents a significant leap forward in the next great mobility revolution.”
— Matt Pearson, founder, Alauda & Airspeeder
And with that statement, Pearson and his companies — Alauda, which plans to produce electric-powered flying cars, and Airspeeder, which will be a racing series for those cars — announced that manned test-flights are scheduled to take place sometime this year and that details on the inaugural racing season will be coming soon.
Pearson also said his Australian-based company has established a commercial base in London.
“Racing,” the companies news release notes, “will rapidly accelerate the development of electric flying cars.”
“Airspeeder delivers on the promise of a future proposed in science fiction and gaming,” the news release adds. “Inspiration from the latter will take the form of a cockpit, furnished with latest augmented reality technology to assist the pilot in navigating the course.”
“Airspeeder will be the most exciting and progressive motor sport on the planet. Elite pilots will use the sky as their playground in intense head-to-head competition. Multiple teams and manufacturers will be provided the hardware by Alauda as a turnkey solution but afforded freedom to set strategy and draft pilots.”
The flying cars built for competition will be called Speeders.
“Rapid electric pitstops and short, intense head-to-head competition will serve the requirements of a generation, native to Esports.
“Our audiences will be hooked by the visual excitement of close proximity racing, sound tracked by the roar of racing octocopters maneuvering above the most visually arresting landscapes on the planet.”
The first test flights will take place in the desert near the company headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia.
“The region is rapidly taking its place as a global center of space and aerospace technology with its surrounding deserts the perfect place to test both manned and unmanned flights,” according to the news release.
“We believe in open innovation,” Pearson added. “Looking back to the development of both the car and aeroplane over a century ago, it was sporting competition that drove progress.”