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“Auto racing began five minutes after the second car was built.”

Henry Ford

Founder of Ford Motor Company

Steam motorsport is born

The first competitive event was held in Manchester, UK where two racers attempted the course with steam-powered engines lasting just under an hour. The race holds wider significance - the first time in history that cars were used purely for competing.

1867

Benz patents the car as we know it

A new technology becomes available to consumers, thanks to Carl Benz and his vehicle powered by a gas engine. He applies for a patent for what’s considered as the birth certificate for the automobile.

1886

The Wrights get it right

The first aeroplane flight is recorded by Orville and Wilbur Wright with their aircraft the Kitty Hawk, marking the start of a transportation which would revolutionise the world.

1867

Birth of the land speed record

France’s Jeantaud Duc and its driver set the first ever land speed record at a total of 39 mph paving the way for competitive straight line competition.

1898

The world goes air racing

Thanks to the Schneider Trophy, an epic new sport is invented, which saw seaplanes and flying boats battle it out with the first event in Monaco, Europe - a location that’s now synonymous with motorsport.

1913

Transatlantic flight

In 1919, Alcock and Brown became the first duo to cross the Atlantic with a non-stop flight which took them around 16 hours. This monumental effort was a huge feat for innovation, showing just how rapidly the boundaries of technology were being tested and pushed.

1919

An elite motorsport commences

The first World Championship Formula One race is held at Silverstone in the UK, with 22 entrants. This event marked the birth of the golden age of technology which would lead to motorsport being a test bed for consumer technology.

1950

The Space Race intensifies

After years of scientific research, Sputnik 1 successfully enters Earth’s orbit and becomes the first satellite to do so.

1969

Global electric-powered motorsport launched

The world is introduced to Formula E with its inaugural race in Beijing, China. This is the world’s first series of the kind, paving the way for other electric series in the future.

2014

Airspeeder is founded

Airspeeder is founded by Matt Pearson with a vision to accelerate a mobility revolution through competition.

2016

MK1 development begins

MK1 development begins in Sydney, Australia.

2017

Mk2 test flights start

First ground-controlled flight takes place at Wakefield Airfield.

2018

Airspeeder unveiled to the world

Airspeeder unveiled to the world by Matt Pearson and the Duke of Richmond at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

2019

World’s first flying electric racing car prototype

A vision for the acceleration of a mobility through sporting competition is seen for the first time.

2019

Major institutional backing is secured

Major institutional backing is secured, acknowledging Airspeeder’s role in accelerating a potential $1.5 trillion industry.

2020

Acronis adds cloud protection

Airspeeder announces the technology that will ensure close but safe racing.

2020

Race Series

The Future is Now

We are the world’s first racing series for manned flying electric cars.

Race Series

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