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Plans unveiled for Air Race E

Air Race Events has revealed plans to launch the world’s first all-electric airplane race series.

‘Air Race E’ will feature a number of planes racing directly against each other on circuits just about the ground. Air Race Events, which will run the series, said the plane will fly at speeds “faster than any land-based motorsport”.

The series will be based on a similar format to the sport known as ‘formula one pylon air racing’, where eight planes race at speeds of more than 400kph around a circuit measuring 1.5km in length.

Companies in the electric aviation manufacturing market are now being invited to tender to become a founding technical partner of the new series. 

Air Race Events said the event will be sanctioned by both the official Formula Air Racing Association (FARA) and Association des Pilotes D'Avions de Formules (APAF) upon launch. The inaugural series is expected to take place in 2020.

Jeff Zaltman, chief executive of Air Race Events and founder of the Air Race 1 World Cup, said: “Air Race E has secured all the key components to make this vision a reality: the airplanes, the race pilots, the engineers, the sports associations, a test centre in Europe and the racing heritage and expertise that is unrivalled in the world.

“We are now just looking for the best powerplant and electrical systems for the job. Air Race E will become the unifying body that will drive the development and promotion of cleaner and faster electric aircraft.”

FARA president Des Hart added: “It is crucial that we have a structure like Air Race E in place to provide the leading edge to development while propelling the sport and inspiring audiences. The electric revolution is poised to change aviation and Air Race E will play an important role in the advancement of technology.”