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Aussie Startup Is Bringing Star Wars Pod Racing To Life

Aussie Startup Is Bringing Star Wars Pod Racing To Life

Movies set in the future all seem to have flying cars in some capacity. People have been waiting on tenterhooks to see who will develop the first commercially available car that can fly you from A to B.

While that advancement might still be a little way off, it seems as though we're tantalisingly close to having drones that humans can sit inside of and race around a track.

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Sounds outrageous, but Airspeeder is hoping to launch a world championship-racing tournament next year. Airspeeder is a cross between a F1 car and a racing drone - sounds pretty awesome right?

South African-born Aussie entrepreneur Matt Pearson is the man who's brought this dream into reality.

He's told LADbible: "Transport is changing, and motoring is becoming more than 2 dimensional. Just like traditional motoring, flying cars need a forum to push the technology further.

"What better way to achieve this than by creating a global flying car series, the sport of this century, the future of motorsport."

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Credit: Airspeeder
Credit: Airspeeder
Credit: Airspeeder
Credit: Airspeeder

The Airspeeder will debut at the infamous Goodwood racing track in the UK in July this year, where people will get to feast their eyes on the future.

After that, the Airspeeder World Championship will then launch in 2020. Ten pilots will fly head to head in a circuit over the course of 30 minutes with two pit stops each.

The Airspeeder MK3 can go up to 200km/h thanks to powerful 500kw lithium polymer batteries. It was taken for a test run at Wakefield Park Raceway in regional NSW and raced against some iconic sports cars.

Anyone who watched Star Wars: Episode I - A Phantom Menace would have died to jump into Anakin Skywalker's pod-racer. While we might be a while away from the real deal - this is set to be the closest thing we'll get and it looks bloody awesome.

Featured Image Credit: Disney

Topics: Technology, Drone, Interesting, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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