Since 2019, more than 1,500 individuals – from across the world drawn from aviation, racing, performance automotive, UAM flying and even eSports – have answered the call to become pioneers as the world’s first racing eVTOL pilots. As one of the widest talent pools ever assembled to a new form of motorsport, an exhaustive process of selection followed.
To be among this first draft, raw pilot skill is not enough: key attributes far beyond just competitive instincts were assessed in making the final choices. These individuals have been chosen because of their ability to work in lock-step with the greatest technical minds to help develop both an entirely new form of game-changing technology and the very fundamentals of a sport that promises to rapidly accelerate its development and refine a form of aerial motor-racing built from a blank sheet of paper.
In that sense, they are the ultimate development racing drivers and will work as a vital arm of the Alauda Aeronautics engineering team to lead an approach to refine the dynamic and tactical nuances that will make the EXA and Airspedeer races the most compelling and progressive sporting entities in the world. Now, as these historic first remotely piloted Grand Prix races draw nearer, now is the time to reveal the first pilots, supported by Telstra Purple and AWS, that will plot a course to victory and a place in the history books of both the dawn of a new sport and a new, bold era in advanced air mobility.