Zephatali Walsh Secures Historic Win in the 2023 EXA Series Championship

Dec 11 2023


In a groundbreaking moment that will go down in the annals of motorsport history, Zephatali Walsh emerged victorious in the 2023 Airspeeder EXA Series Championship. This achievement not only solidifies Walsh's position as a trailblazer in eVTOL racing but also marks the world's first-ever race between three eVTOL craft.


The stakes were high as the racing enthusiasts and aviation aficionados gathered at Stonefield Airfield, South Australia, to witness the culmination of the EXA Series. The challenging wet and windy conditions added an extra layer of excitement to the competition, making it a true test of the pilots’ skills and the capabilities of the Alauda Aeronautics Mk3s.

Zephatali Walsh, alongside formidable opponents Bruno Senna and Lexie Janson, took to the skies in the Alauda Aeronautics Mk3s for the inaugural three-speeder race. The intensity of the race, coupled with the adverse weather conditions, created an unforgettable spectacle for the crowd.

Walsh’s triumphant performance showcased not only his exceptional racing skills but also the adaptability and resilience of the Alauda Aeronautics Mk3s. The historic race unfolded with precision and excitement, highlighting the potential of electric flying car racing in the face of challenging conditions.

This race followed a thrilling double win for Walsh in 2022 in the first and second eVTOL EXA Circuit Races in South Australia.

The groundbreaking three-craft race at Stonefield Airfield, South Australia, not only made history as the inaugural Airspeeder EXA Series but also marked a pivotal moment in motorsport innovation. With over 100 spectators in attendance, the race showcased cutting-edge technology, featuring innovative onboard cameras from EMG that streamed 1080i live footage from all Speeders via RF. This marked a significant leap forward in race broadcasting, setting a new standard for immersive experiences. The event was also recorded as a live broadcast, with the NEP Group spearheading the initiative, turning the race into a dynamic testbed for future race broadcasts. The combination of live streaming and recorded broadcasts ensured that the excitement and thrill of the EVTOL race reached audiences worldwide.

Sponsors and Partnerships

The success of the event was made possible through the support of esteemed sponsors, including the South Australia government, Intel, Acronis, IWC, Saltwater Games, and Telstra Purple. Their commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and supporting the evolution of flying car racing contributed significantly to the success of the three-speeder race.

A Glimpse into the Future

As Zephatali Walsh stood atop the podium, the moment symbolized not just a victory in a single race but a leap forward in the evolution of aerial mobility. The EXA Series remotely piloted races served as a preview of the future, with rapid battery-swap pitstops and strategic competition setting the stage for the fully crewed Airspeeder Grand Prixs starting in 2024.

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A Proven Ecosystem for Racing

Beyond the excitement of the races, Alauda Aeronautics has forged a technical ecosystem for electric flying car (eVTOL) racing. The 4.1-meter flying racing car, a carbon fiber construction full-scale racing quadcopter, demonstrated exceptional performance, with a top speed of 100 km/h and acceleration from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds.

The Road Ahead

As the inaugural EXA Series concludes, the focus now shifts to the future. The success of the remotely piloted race will pave the way for fully crewed Airspeeder races set to take place in 2024. This historic first marks the beginning of a new era in motorsport, where the sky is no longer a limit, but a race track.

Stay tuned for more updates on Airspeeder’s journey to revolutionize aerial mobility.



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