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Thread: Air Race E Announced

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    Default Re: Air Race E Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by Colbourne View Post
    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.
    Don't forget the weight of batteries that'd be needed for an Unlimited sized plane to go that fast.

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    Default Re: Air Race E Announced

    Don't forget the weight of batteries that'd be needed for an Unlimited sized plane to go that fast.
    Fuel, adf and oil weigh a bit as well. And I believe they will take baby steps with this technology and start with smaller than unlimited birds like F1 sized aircraft.
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