As part of a test for a new manned race series, a pair of flying race cars were compared in the skies above Australia. 

Two Alauda Aeronautics Mk3 Speeders traveled at a whopping speed of 96 mph as they raced down the drag strip, which measures 650ft.

Airspeeder organized the drag race, which was a test flight in the skies above Adelaide to show the potential of the EXA Series.

The series will start next year with the electronic Vertical Lift Off and Landing vehicles (eVTOL). However, the Mk4 must be launched before that can happen.

Airspeeder stated that EXA is extreme, close-knit racing that drives us towards piloted flying vehicle Grand Prix’s. 

A pair of flying race cars have been pitted against one another in the skies over Australia, as part of a test ahead of a new manned race series starting in 2022

In a test for a new manned race series, a pair of flying race cars were compared in the skies above Australia.

Travelling at a whopping 96 miles per hour, the two Alauda Aeronautics Mk3 Speeders were remote controlled as they sped down a 650ft long drag strip

Two Alauda Aeronautics Mk3 Speeders traveled at a whopping speed of 96 mph as they plowed down a drag strip that was 650ft long. Remote control enabled them to travel at a staggering 96 mph


The eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off & landing) type of aircraft can hover, take off, and land vertically.

They are often made from drone-like quadcopter technology and can be manned or unmanned.

They were possible thanks to advances in battery technology, electronic controllers, and motors.

This type of flying vehicle was developed because of a need for new urban vehicles, especially airborne taxis. 

Alauda, Jetson and Joby are just a few of the many startups working on eVTOL. Major aircraft companies also have their eye on this technology.

This includes Boeing and Airbus, Embraer as well Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Embraer and Honda. 

NASA is involved in a large project to establish standards for these vehicles’ operation in cities. 

The video shows crew and pilots standing at the start, with remote controls in hand, watching as dust plumes explode around the multicopters.

The 220lb flying cars are made from carbon fiber and can be seen going between take off and crossing the finish line in just seconds.

The current generation of Alauda flying cars requires a remote pilot. However, the next generation will have someone in control of the cockpit.

They can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 2.3 seconds. This is faster than the Bugatti Chriron and the Ariel Atom 500. 

The company is hard at work building the Mk4 version its racer, which will first operate with human pilots. However, they must first create a force field’.

This would be done using LiDAR and other technologies. It would be completely virtual and used to signal to another flying vehicle that they are too close’.

It would surround and force the car to move while still allowing for close quarter motorsport action.

Airspeeder stated in a statement that ‘Our mission is to accelerate eVTOL advanced aircraft technology through intense sporting competition. 

“This mobility revolution, supported by future tech, will transform urban air mobility and global logistics. It will also transform medical applications with a clean-air electric car (EV).

“Both the remotely piloted Mk3 program and the manned Airspeeder Mk4 flying car will provide a safe space from which key innovations around safety can take place.” 

This image shows the Alauda Aerospace Mk3 in full profile. The fourth version will be able to take a human pilot in the cockpit

This image shows the Alauda Aerospace Mk3 in full profile. The fourth version will be capable of carrying a human pilot in its cockpit.

Organised by Airspeeder, the drag race was a test in the skies over Adelaide, Australia, to demonstrate the potential of a new event called the EXA Series

Airspeeder organised the drag race. It was a test of airspeeder’s ability to fly in the skies above Adelaide (Australia) to show off the potential for a new event called EXA Series.

These innovations will include refinements in noise and batteries that will be fed into a larger development of a new sector.

Analysts Morgan Stanley have predicted that the electronic vertical take-off and landing industry will be worth more than $1.5 trillion in 2050. 

There will be an inaugural unmanned season, where elite pilots will take to the skies to race prop-to-prop while navigating electronically governed racetracks in the skies above some of the most visually arresting scenery in the world. 

According to the firms, ‘Rapid hairpin turning manoeuvrability can be delivered using a multicopter arrangement,’ adding that this approach increases stability and electronic speed control systems enable pilots to take advantage of the potential of electric powertrains. 

When the series gets started next year, the electronic Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles will have a pilot on board, but that requires the launch of the Mk4

The pilot will be aboard the electronic Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL), vehicles when the series starts next year. However, that requires the launch Mk4

'EXA is extreme, close proximity racing that drives us towards piloted flying car Grand Prix's,' Airspeeder wrote on its website

Airspeeder explained that EXA refers to extreme, close-knit racing, which drives us towards piloted flying-car Grand Prix’s.

In the video pilots and crew can be seen standing at the start line, remote controls in hand, as dust plumes erupt around the multicopters

The crew and video pilots can be seen standing at start line, with remote controls in hand, watching as dust plumes erupt from the multicopters.

The Mk4 copters will be used in the second race season in 2022. This will allow a pilot to take the controls for the first time.  

While the race and the flying vehicle are thrilling, the firm states that the goal is accelerate the development of a “mobility revolution”.

“The next generation of sport plays the same role that the pioneers in Formula One played nearly a century ago in driving technical innovation and building public acceptance of a new mobility revolution. 

“The eVTOL sector has the potential to transform urban aerial transport, logistics, and remote medical transport with a clean, zero-emissions aerial transport solution.  


According to Alauda aeronautics, the Airspeeder Mk3 represents a ‘giant technical leap in the development of the first series of racing electric flying cars. 

This remotely-piloted vehicle will be the last electric racing car before the introduction manned racing craft, Airspeeder Mk4, which will debut in 2022.

  • Top Speed75mph
  • Weight: 100kg uncrewed
  • Powertrain: 96 kW 
  • Tech LiDAR and Radar to create a ‘virtual forcefield’ 
  • LayoutOctocopter X Formation 

The craft will be operated remotely by an expert remote operator. It features a range of engineering elements and technologies that have never been seen before on an eVTOL craft. 

These innovations will be validated in this key unmanned proving phase and include LiDAR and Radar collision avoidance systems that create a ‘virtual forcefield’ around the craft to ensure close but ultimately safe racing. 

The Mk3 has a carbon fiber frame and fuselage that are chosen for their strength, stiffness, lightweight properties and manoeuvrability. 

The carbon fibre frame & fuselage provide a crucial mechanical layer of safety. A full carbon fibre monocoque body will be added to the Mk4 vehicle.


The MK3 powertrain is a significant upgrade to the Mk2 proof-of-concept vehicle. It has a 95% increase in power and a 50% weight reduction. 

The Mk3 has a 96 kW electric motor that allows for a thrust-to-weight ratio of above two. It is powered by a craft that only weighs 100KG unmanned. The Mk3 speeders can fly at speeds exceeding 75 mph.


The Mk3 speeders are laid-out in an ‘octocopter X formation’. This offers pilots significant advantages in terms stability and maneuverability.

The pilot will be able make sharp hairpin turns in Formula 1 cars, but can also race vertically.  

The octocopter configuration adds an important level of vehicle redundancy. It will allow the craft to safely land and remain in control in the event that a rotor, battery or other system fails.


Airspeeder GPs include rapid pit stops. 

To facilitate this, Alauda’s engineers have developed an innovative ‘slide and lock’ system for the rapid removal and replacement of batteries when on the ground, this technology debuts on the Mk3. 

This approach adds a strategic layer to the sport as teams can adapt their battery strategy to meet the dynamic needs of each section. 

For courses that require more maneuverability but less straight-line speed, a lighter battery can be selected to deliver more power and endurance, but more maneuverability.

SOURCE: Airspeeder