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    Default Air Race E Announced

    Not April fools

    Format is like Formula One but electric

    Powerplant has not yet been selected

    Projected inaugural season is 2020
    http://airrace1.com/airrace1-news/

    I suspect it will be similar to the Electroflight racer.
    https://www.electro-flight.com/

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    Cool. There’s some really cool stuff in this format. The simplicity of the motors is really appealing. RARA should be jumping in on this.

    The thing I really like was the safety plans-

    The carbon composite airframe is fitted with a whole aircraft ballistic parachute system and incorporates a separate pilot safety cell, similar to that in F1 racing cars.

    Obviously this doesn’t mean the elimination of the possibility of death but, it’s a start.
    Last edited by Fence Sence; 04-04-2018 at 09:28 AM.
    You'll get your chance, smart guy!

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    I'm sorry, but I just can't get excited about electric anything racing. Seriously, I'd rather watch sailplane racing. Part of the allure to racing anything is the sound of the engine. Sorry, the sound of an electric engine doesn't do anything for me.

    Will

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    The props themselves make a lot of noise (look up the 22% electric Precious Metal models as an example). So long as the racing is close and competitive I'm game. Sounds like this could be getting some corporate backing too.
    Last edited by CubersWrist; 04-05-2018 at 11:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR View Post
    I'm sorry, but I just can't get excited about electric anything racing. Seriously, I'd rather watch sailplane racing. Part of the allure to racing anything is the sound of the engine. Sorry, the sound of an electric engine doesn't do anything for me.

    Will
    I agree... to a point. I used to think the air races weren't fun without the noise. I enjoy the sound of high performance piston engines as much as the next guy, as do my children (teenagers now). Planes going by one, then the other, then another seconds apart isn't a race, it's a parade, no matter how loud it is. I've seen that plenty of times. Very meh.

    I didn't think the jet class would be successful early on because they weren't loud, but that class has demonstrated to be quite competitive with some exciting racing action. All without afterburners...

    I have no idea what an electric airplane sounds like but if the racing is competitive, I will enjoy watching them race. Maybe they can put some of those Stuka sirens on the planes to make some noise...

    The bottom line is this, electric is coming. Apparently, it's already here. Maybe just not at the National Championship Airraces... But, I could be wrong.

    John

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    Noise is not the end all be all of racing for me. I enjoy the competition aspect more than anything. I enjoy watching just about any form of racing. Not much noise in ski racing. Not much noise in horse racing. America’s Cup? Pretty damn quiet. I still like to watch. If the world ran out of fossil fuel today, where would motorsports be? To dismiss the future because of a lack of noise is foolish IMO. Not that I don’t love screaming machines. I just love racing as a whole more than the potential noise it makes.
    You'll get your chance, smart guy!

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    Electrics make noise because of the propeller. It's just a different noise.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGuHuSuHKc4

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    I am all for electric racing. It will be great, you'll love it! It will never replace piston powered planes for the cool factor, but would make another neat class to watch.

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    Hopefully they will keep the rules as open as possible so that we can see the development of a class that will eventually compete with the unlimiteds.
    There is no reason for electric aircraft to be slow and with several thousand horsepower going through one or more props. the noise will be there.
    The compact nature of electric motors will allow efficient air frames that may provide a different look to other racing classes.
    Keep the races to just a couple of laps of the full course initially to keep the battery cost low, while still giving fast lap times (to compare with other classes).
    It will be fun to watch this class develop over the coming years with advances in batteries and motors. Electric dragsters use liquid nitrogen for cooling which will be impressive as it leaves trails behind the aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CubersWrist View Post
    Not April fools

    Format is like Formula One but electric

    Powerplant has not yet been selected

    Projected inaugural season is 2020
    http://airrace1.com/airrace1-news/

    I suspect it will be similar to the Electroflight racer.
    https://www.electro-flight.com/
    Cool Idea. Maybe we can get rid of the stinking jets and breathe some fresh air for a change with these!

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