Airspeeder has added to its leadership expertise with four key hires in its technical and engineering teams. Airspeeder is the first purpose built eVTOL for racing with its developmental prototype, the Airspeeder Mk3. Races are expected to begin later this year.
Judith Griggs joins as the Global Rights Acquisition and Management Lead and brings 27 years of experience in Formula 1 and experience as the CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. She hopes to apply her experiences in F1 to realise the potential of electric flying car racing. “The opportunity to help Airspeeder and Alauda shape the world’s first racing series for flying electric cars is irresistible. Airspeeder has the potential to be the most progressive and exciting new entity in sport. It is racing with global vision and authentic technical purpose and I am excited to work with Matt and the team to deliver on this potential through building exceptional relationships with commercial entities and racing bodies.”
Brett Hill will lead the engineering teams developing the Airspeeder Mk3 and Mk4 as the Technical Project Manager. Hill brings key technical leadership expereience from Boeing where he led engineering teams on the 747-8 and 787 programs.
Matt Rodgers joins as the Head of Composites and has experience from Vertical Aerospace as well as racing experience from Williams, Renault F1 and Formula E.
The final hire adds David Wareing as a Lead Systems Engineer. Wareing brings a wealth of knowledge in racing technology and hyper car vehicle systems at McLaren. His systems-based approach to powertrain development and multi-layer redundant architecture maximizes performance of the Airspeeder prototypes.
Commenting on the new appointments, Airspeeder CEO, Matt Pearson said: “Our vision is to accelerate a mobility revolution through intense and safe sporting competition. We know that true innovation requires the world’s best talent to deliver. Attracting exceptional minds drawn from the very highest levels of motoracing, automotive engineering, aerospace and the rapidly emerging eVTOL space will add to an extraordinarily capable team of senior engineers and technical experts that have just delivered the world’s first fully-functional remotely piloted electric flying racing car.”
Why it matters: Airspeeder’s key appointments in various engineering and developmental roles will position itself to identify the market for the future of flying car racing platforms and bring a racing vehicle to market. Airspeeder is one of the few purpose-built racing vehicles in the aerial mobility space and Airspeeder has an opportunity to create a whole new genre in the racing world.