Following the success of its first race class, Air Race E is launching two new race classes which includes one for airplane and the other for VTOL aircraft.
The new airplane formula will be named Performance Class and based on a standard electric powertrain. Air Race E is developing this new race plane under its own roof, with the help of aerospace manufacturers including Airbus.
Air Race E has said the race format and rules of the new ‘V Class’ for VTOL aircraft will be revealed soon, adding it will be somewhat different than its other two race classes.
Jeff Zaltman, CEO of Air Race E, said: “The launch of the new Performance Class and V-Class will allow us to include more stakeholders in our project and greatly increase our ability to meet the needs of the industry while organising a thrilling motorsport.
“The Performance Class will provide deeper insights on power management and best practices and will steer more dedication to the sub-systems such as cooling, battery management systems, power electronics and aerodynamics.
“The V-Class demonstrates a major step-change in air racing. Air Race E will be working directly with the top pioneering organisations in the e-VTOL world to shape the event to be at the vanguard of both technology and entertainment in this next generation of motorsport.”
Air Race E’s racing circuit will feature eight airplanes racing around an oval circuit measuring just 1.5km end-to-end and at speeds of up to 250mph. The first race series will go ahead in 2022.
Its remaining race airplane formula will be re-named the Open Class, referring to the fact all manufacturers can produce their own powertrain configurations up to 150kW power. Both airplane classes will be raced according to the same rules, but with differences governing the powertrains.
Some modifications and enhancements will be allowed in the Performance Class, to continue Air Race E’s mission of accelerating technological innovation and showcasing new technologies in the aerospace electrification industry.