We regularly say that Method 1 automobiles “fly,” however what if there was one that might fairly actually take to the skies. Enable us to introduce you to the Carcopter, a hydrogen-powered flying automobile designed particularly for high-speed racing.
The pioneering prototype is the handiwork of French startup MACA and lately debuted on the 2021 Shopper Electronics Present (CES). The aerodynamic pace machine is vying to be the primary (manned) flying hydrogen Method 1 automotive and is able to hovering to 153 mph—in idea, not less than.
The eco-friendly design comes from the minds of two aviation consultants: ex-fighter pilot Thierry de Boisvilliers and former Airbus government Michael Krollak. The duo determined to create the hydrogen-powered racer in an effort to cut back the dangerous carbon emissions produced by conventional combustion engines on the Method 1 observe.
The Carcopter proven at CES was a small-scale mannequin that measures simply over 8 toes and is powered by six 35kW electrical engines. The ultimate Carcopter, which is at the moment being developed, will weigh a little bit over half a ton and span roughly 16 toes from tip to tail. Will probably be fitted with hydrogen gasoline cells and tanks that its designers say will far exceed the vary limits imposed by batteries. It is going to additionally supply semi-automatic piloting for added security.
Relating to seems to be, the Carcopter sports activities a minimalist, light-weight body and is arguably one of many sexier flying automobiles we’ve seen because of extra subdued rotors.
MACA expects the ultimate mannequin to take off on the finish of 2021 and plans to launch the Carcopter on Method 1 circuits, reminiscent of Paul-Ricard, Pôle Mécanique Alès Cévennes and the famed Circuit de la Sarthe, in 2023. There’s only one query: Who’s going to be behind the wheel?
You may try a teaser video in regards to the undertaking under: