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High Performance High Powered Electric 300+mph Racing Plane

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by MitchJi, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. MitchJi

    MitchJi Trying to learn kindness, patience & forgiveness

    Jun 1, 2015
    Marin County, CA
    Elon and JB would love this!

    This fully charged episode on electric planes is pretty interesting. There are even more advantages of electric over hydrocarbon in planes than in cars (e.g. electric doesn't require oxygen, not rotationally sensitive, etc.). It's amazing that his current prototype is designed get to 20K feet faster than a modern jet fighter.

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    Home - Electroflight
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  2. swaltner

    swaltner Active Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    Kansas, USA
    That popped up on youtube for me shortly after it went live. Very interesting.

    A plane for racing in the Red Bull Air Race is a great place to deploy an electric airplane. Their flight regime is very controlled. You takeoff, circle for a couple minutes before entering the race course, run at full power for 90 seconds, then land. Both this and air show aerobatic routines would be good ways to showcase electric powered aircraft and not worry about having a really heavy battery pack to run at power for 1-2 hours at a time.

    Regarding the "beat a jet to 20,000' altitude", there was a little qualification there that was easy to miss. They were qualifying that stating that both aircraft were sitting on the ground with the engines off. The fighter jet would take a minute (I think they said 90 seconds) to get the engine started and the temps stabilized before it starts the takeoff roll. All that time, the Electroflight is gaining altitude. Many modern fighters have more than a 1:1 power to weight ratio while in full afterburner, and can accelerate going straight up. A propeller aircraft doesn't have a chance against that.

    That doesn't take away from the impressive design. It will be great to see it when this aircraft has its maiden flight. Hopefully, they'll bring it to the EAA fly-in up in Oshkosh when it's flying. In recent years, more and more electric powered designs have been shown off at this event. Only two weeks to wait for this year!
  3. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 918 Hybrid

    Jun 15, 2015
    Silicon Valley
    Well done!
  4. Kandiru

    Kandiru Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    No wonder Brits rule the world. Great conversation.

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