The flying car is slowly and surely turning into a reality with Alauda Aeronautics all set to establish the world’s first electric flying racing car factory in Adelaide. The vehicles produced there will take part in the company’s forthcoming Airspeeder racing series. The facility is earmarked to potentially be located within the Australian Space Park. The South Australian Government has announced a $20 million (AUS) contribution towards the Australian Space Park.
Alauda was founded in 2016 by entrepreneur Matt Pearson. He created the company with a vision to accelerate the development of the eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) sector which is predicted to be worth $1.5trillion by 2040. Alauda has moved rapidly from design through prototype to full-scale functioning development vehicles. The company is now entering full production ahead of the first races in 2022. For this, their Alauda Technical leadership team comes from Ferrari, McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, and Airbus. Fleet Space Technologies, also co-founded by Matt Pearson, will establish its manufacturing and R&D hub.
In the United States, passenger-focused advanced air mobility facilities have already been established. This is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s first electric flying racing car factory.
“As our first electric flying car Grand Prix races draw nearer, we are proud to establish the world’s first purpose-built facility for the production of these pioneering racing vehicles. South Australia is rapidly becoming a global center of excellence in the development of advanced space and advanced aerospace technologies, placement at this facility will create world-class opportunities for collaboration with companies at the cutting-edge of their respective fields. This, in turn, will rapidly accelerate a mobility revolution and place Adelaide on the map as a world-class center of innovation.”