Alauda announced plans to conduct races between octocopters — manned flying automobiles. The announcement was made right after a successful test of their own automobiles.
The current edition of the airmobile weighs in at 230 kg and has a length of 4 meters with a 3.5 meter wingspan. The technology operates based on 500 kW lithium polymer batteries. Depending on the modification, the device can have 4 or 8 propellers, which are used to send the vehicle into motion. The exterior of the octocopter resembles that of a 1950s race car.
The cars will soon be sent to the race venue at the Mojave desert in the United States, where pilots will dedicate 18 months to a rigorous training program. They will be faced with a lot of new challenges, as 200 km/h ‘flights’ at a 20-meter height can be very dangerous. On the other hand, we can certainly expect the event to be extremely captivating and spectacular.