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Airspeeder: Building a new sport defined by data

Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying car racing series, has announced a landmark partnership with cyber protection company, Acronis.

The racing series, created by performance electric flying car manufacturer, Alauda, will receive technical and commercial support from Acronis. The significance of this partnership will be reflected in the placement of the Acronis brand in a prominent position on Airspeeder’s MK4 racing craft. 

With first Airspeeder GPs planned for 2021, Acronis’ cyber protection solutions will ensure the data security for the revolutionary LiDAR and Machine Vision technology that will deliver close but safe racing through the creation of virtual force-fields around each racing craft, named ‘Speeders’.

Part of this technology will be delivered by Teknov8, a global provider of cybersecurity solutions that will support Acronis’ partnership with Airspeeder as an official #CyberFit delivery partner.

The accelerated development of this technology in the furnace of close sporting competition will benefit the wider eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) sector, an industry backed by giants including Uber, Daimler, Toyota, Hyundai and Airbus.

Widely dubbed as ‘flying electric taxis’ and considered the next great mobility revolution, eVTOL promises to liberate cities and cut journey times with a sustainable flying transport solution.

The sector is predicted by Morgan Stanley to be worth $1.5 trillion dollars by 2040. 

“At Airspeeder we are creating an aerial motorsport driven by innovation. Backing from Acronis, a business with an extraordinary culture of technological success in Formula One and Formula E represents significant affirmation of our vision to accelerate the next great mobility revolution through sporting competition,” commented Matt Pearson, founder, Alauda & Airspeeder.

Acronis’ strategic and commercial support represents further affirmation of Airspeeder and Alauda’s vision to accelerate the next great mobility revolution through sporting competition.

This significant partnership follows the confirmation of major institutional investment in the sport and follows existing support from logistics giant DHL and global money management firm Equals.

 Airspeeder is built on the philosophy that nothing accelerates technical progress like sporting competition. The next generation sport plays the same role the pioneers of Formula One did nearly a century ago in driving technical development and building public acceptance for a new mobility revolution.

Acronis and Teknov8’s commercial, technical and strategic support will therefore hasten the arrival of the eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) vehicle that promises to provide a long-term clean air solution to city congestion through a zero-emissions aerial transport solution. 

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Airspeeder is described by global commentators as the ‘Formula One of the skies’, Acronis’ track record in motorsport makes them the perfect technical and strategic partner. The firm’s technical team will manage the streams of live data that will underpin a sport that promises to be the most exciting global sporting and broadcast entity on the planet. 

Airspeeder is a sport driven by technical innovation. Acronis’ data solutions currently ensure the security of the terabytes of data derived from running Formula One cars during testing and racing scenarios. This data is essential to sports like F1 and Airspeeder that require telemetry data to analyse performance and set strategy. 

 Airspeeder’s team and pilots will benefit from real-time data including analysis of battery and key systems performance.

From this information, engineers will be able to define strategy in real time to find competitive advantage in a sport where every team starts with the same technical platform. This will make for the close and equitable racing motorsports fans crave. 

A new sport

Airspeeder is the racing series conceived by performance electric flying car marque, Alauda. Elite pilots drawn from aviation, motorsport and even eSports will navigate electrically governed courses above some of the most visually arresting locations in the world. 

Electric racing multicopters created by Alauda will fly at speeds of up to 130km/h. Airspeeder GP seasons will be contested by teams who will purchase the original craft and equipment from Alauda, the Airspeeder series’ exclusive manufacturer but will be given freedom to set race strategy and recruit pilots from a pool of elite pilot academy graduates.

This will create a technologically even playing field, encouraging greater control for teams to dictate strategy. This approach has been compared to the highly successful Formula E racing series. 

Success for teams competing in the Airspeeder series is defined by the skill of individual pilots and the teams’ ability to maximise performance from a truly revolutionary technical platform. Key to this will be the collection and interpretation of data.

This will be underpinned by Acronis’s solutions which will ensure the secure and seamless management of data. Key indicators from battery peak performance to pilot biometrics will be available to teams as they plot strategy to gain competitive advantage. 

According to its creators, Airspeeder is the most exciting sporting entity on the planet. Founded on the belief that technical development is accelerated in the white heat of competition, Airspeeder is defining the future of mobility by hastening the arrival of the technologies that will drive the flying car mobility revolution.

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