Meet Carcopter, the Hydrogen-Powered Formula 1 Race Car That Literally Flies at 153 MPH
We often say that Formula 1 cars “fly”, but what if there was one that could literally fly in the sky? Allow us to introduce you to the Carcopter, a hydrogen-powered flying vehicle specially designed for high-speed racing.
The groundbreaking prototype is the work of the French startup MACA and was recently presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021. The aerodynamic speed machine aims to be the first (manned) flying hydrogen Formula 1 car and can - at least in theory - climb to 153 miles per hour.
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The environmentally friendly design comes from two aviation professionals: the former fighter pilot Thierry de Boisvilliers and the former Airbus manager Michael Krollak. The duo opted for the hydrogen-powered racer to reduce the harmful carbon emissions of traditional internal combustion engines on the Formula 1 track.
The carcopter shown at CES was a small model that measures a little over 8 feet and is powered by six 35 kW electric motors. The final carcopter currently under development will weigh just over half a ton and span approximately 16 feet from tip to tail. It will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells and tanks that developers say will far exceed the range limits imposed by batteries. It also offers semi-automatic piloting for added security.
When it comes to looks, the Carcopter has a minimalist, lightweight frame and is arguably one of the sexiest flying cars we've seen thanks to more dampened rotors.
MACA expects the final model to hit the market in late 2021 and plans to launch the carcopter on Formula 1 circuits such as Paul-Ricard, Pôle Mécanique Alès Cévennes and the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in 2023. There is only one question: who will be behind the wheel?
You can watch a teaser video on the project below:
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