Worlds First Flying Race Car Airspeeder Crewed MK4 Unveiled Over 300 km Range 3D Printed Technology Details

Alauda Aeronautics on Tuesday, February 21, unveiled the Airspeeder Crewed MK4, a flying racecar. Claimed to be the world’s first and fastest flying car, it has been designed and built in Adelaide, South Australia. The company has claimed that the Airspeeder MK4 is the world’s fastest electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 360 kmph in 30 seconds from a standing start. Apart from this, it also claims to offer a range of over 300 km.

Allauda Aeronautics reported that the Airspeeder Crewed MK4 comes with an electric propulsion system and a take-off weight (MTOW) of just 950 kg. Its range is said to be more than 300 km. The Airspeeder Mk4 includes a 1,340 hp turbogenerator powertrain, which powers the batteries and motors.

Its engine has been specifically designed for use in eVTOLs, allowing it to use green hydrogen as fuel.

Allauda Aeronautics revealed that the combustor included in the ‘Thunderstrike’ engine has been made using 3D printing techniques developed in the space industry for rocket engines. The design of the combustor keeps the hydrogen flame temperature relatively low, reducing nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions.

Most EVTOLs use tilt-rotors, which are set vertical for take-off and landing and turned horizontal during cruising. However, the MK4 flies using a different gimbal thrust system and an artificial intelligence (AI) flight controller adjusts the joints of the four rotors mounted on lightweight 3D-printed gimbals.

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