Alauda Aeronautics, which plans to create a series of Airspeeder flying racing cars in 2024, has unveiled the Airspeeder MK4, which is designed and will be built in Adelaide, Australia.
While drone racing is already a reality, the Airspeeder MK4 is being hailed as the world’s first crewed flying race car, which will be the evolution of the remote-controlled MK3. According to the company, it will be the fastest electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle thanks to a top speed of 360 km/h. This speed can be reached in just 30 seconds from the starting point.
The developers claim that the Airspeeder MK4 provides “the handling qualities of a Formula One car or a fighter jet.” The transmission consists of four individually adjustable pairs of 3D printed rotors. Power comes from a Thunderstrike turbo generator that uses hydrogen as fuel to generate up to 1,341 hp. power for batteries and motors.
The predicted flight range is more than 300 km. The Airspeeder MK4 is quite light, with a takeoff weight of 950 kg.
The Airspeeder MK4 will make its public debut on March 7 at the Southstart innovation festival in the UK. The first landing gear and transmission tests, as well as the first crewed flights, will take place in the first quarter of 2023. The goal is for the first championship to take place in 2024. Airspeeder is accepting team applications and is currently looking for OEMs to partner with.
Matt Pearson, CEO of Alauda Aeronautics said: “We and the world are ready for crewed flying car racing. We built cars, developed sports, attracted sponsors and technical partners. The time has come for the world’s most progressive, innovative and ambitious automotive brands, OEMs and motorsport teams to become part of a truly revolutionary new motorsport.”
Babyark smart child car seat unveiled with military-grade technology and multiple sensors
Introduced a child car seat that was created by Frank Stephenson Design in collaboration with Babyark, an innovative baby safety technology company. Its design is inspired by the egg.
The child seat is constructed with a carbon fiber frame and military-grade energy-absorbing technology that sets it apart from virtually all other child seats on the market. It also includes the SafeCoil steel-based cushioning system that gently slows the seat forward during an accident. An advanced side impact protection system has also been implemented.
Another addition to the safety of the child seat is a set of 14 sensors in the base that constantly monitor a wide range of parameters, such as whether the seat is correctly installed, and can also tell the owner if the child is properly secured. Accelerometers and gyroscopes can also register the force of any collision and notify users when the seat can be reused.
After working in the automotive industry, I always wanted to go beyond the simple design of car shapes. Safety standards and design in the industry have changed significantly, and yet we easily neglect the technology needed to keep children safe. Babyark’s breakthrough business approach and its open design, inspired by the protective forms of nature around us, aims to embrace passengers and provide safety and luxury for users.
BYD Han EV 2023 became a super hit: 5,000 cars sold in 4 hours
BYD has unveiled the updated 2023 BYD Han electric sedan, which is priced between $30,400 and $43,400. The 2023 version has several improvements and updates, including the new Glacier Blue color.
Alongside the 2023 Han EV, the 2023 Tang DM-i (PHEV) was introduced. In the first 4 hours, 8196 pre-orders were issued for cars. A source inside the company told CarNewsChina that about 5,000 pre-orders were placed for BYD Han 2023.
BYD Han EV 2023 is equipped with atmospheric lighting, heat pump air conditioning, improved sound and heated steering wheel for the flagship model. The entire series also features aluminum alloy suspension as standard.
The car supports 5G networks, iPhone smartphones as a key, as well as the blind spot monitoring function for the Noble equipment with a range of 605 and 705 km. Transmission options remain the same, with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions available. The front-wheel drive version has a maximum power output of 244 hp and a 0-100 km acceleration time of 7.9 seconds.
The front-wheel drive versions of the BYD Han EV 2023 are available in 506 km, 605 km and 715 km versions. The total power of the all-wheel drive version is 516 hp, and the acceleration time to 100 km/h is only 3.9 seconds. The power reserve for the all-wheel drive version is 610 km.
The previous version of the model was released at the beginning of last year.
170 hp, spacious interior, 13.2-inch screen and 6 l/100 km for only $12,750. Chinese sedan Changan Yida was even a little cheaper than expected
Changan revealed the cost of different versions of the Changan Yida budget sedan – and it turned out to be even a little cheaper than previously reported.
There are three complete sets, but all of them with a 1.5-liter engine of the Blue Whale family with a capacity of 170 hp. and 7-speed “robot”. The simplest version is priced at $12,750, the mid-range version costs $14,100, and the top one is only $15,700. It is one of the most affordable and spacious sedans in its category in China. And from other pluses, one can note modern design and good equipment already in the database.
Changan Yida dimensions are 4770 x 1840 x 1440 mm, and the wheelbase length is 2765 mm. Judging by the photo, the space in the rear seats is almost like in a business class car.
Already in the base, Yida has a multifunction steering wheel, a digital instrument panel with a 10.25-inch screen and a media system with a vertically oriented 13.2-inch screen, cruise and climate control. The top version, of course, has all the possible options, including a panoramic roof, a surround view system, adaptive cruise control, electrically adjustable and heated seats, and wireless phone charging.
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