The Alauda Airspeeder is a small single seater eVTOL designed for racing. According to founder Matt Pearson, the vehicle is a cross between an F1 car and a racing drone. The Airspeeder can fly up to 124mph, and will be used in Alauda's Flying Car Grand Prix Racing series. The date for the initial race in this Series is not yet defined, and was originally planned for some time in 2020.
Alauda Aeronautics, based in Sydney, Australia
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: VTOL, no fixed wing
Powerplant: 500kw Li-Po battery
Top Speed: 200km/h (124mph)
Propeller Configuration: four sets of two 32-inch rotors
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 1 pilot, max weight 100 kg
Autonomy Level: Piloted
Wingspan/Dimensions: 3.42m x 0.9m x 4m
Max Altitude: 900m
Our Take on Alauda
Alauda's development is moving forward forward with flight testing. The company had originally planned to commence Grand Prix racing in 2020 indicating its confidence in its overall progress. However, the global health pandemic and other factors have slowed the pace of developmental progress. Ultimately, Alauda is one of the few companies making headway into eVTOL racing, and even if it does not make its schedule, it's still likely to begin eVTOL racing in the near future due to the critical mass of investment and PR received.