The French startup MACA has entered a new phase of car racing and recently unveiled a concept design of a flying car. This car, which has a structure similar to the body of insects, is in the category of eVTOLs and is named Carcopter.
In terms of dimensions, the carcass is 16.4 feet (5 meters) long. Like Formula One cars, this flying car is designed as a single-seater and its powertrain consists of 6 electric motors. Each of these engines is capable of producing 35 kW (about 47 hp) of power, and together they can propel the car to a top speed of 153 mph (246 km / h).
Thanks to the use of carbon fiber in different parts of the body, the weight of the concept model of the Captain does not exceed 600 kg. In the design of this flying racing car, the discussion of aerodynamics has received much attention; This feature, along with the very low weight, makes the carcass have high agility and maneuverability.
Like other racing cars that take advantage of the latest technology, the Carcopter is equipped with a semi-automatic auxiliary system so that the driver or pilot can move to the finish line more safely.
As mentioned above, the MACA startup, instead of using all-electric propulsion, turned to hydrogen propulsion and embodied the carcass with such propulsion. The startup hopes that the experience gained from the performance of hydrogen engines in the series will one day lead to the production of city eVTOL vehicles.
It is worth mentioning that the MACA startup was founded by a pilot named Thierry de Boisvilliers and the director of Airbus helicopter manufacturing, Michael Krollak. The startup officially announced its existence last year and attended CES this year. According to the plans, the startup will make a test flight of the Captain by the end of the year and before participating in CES 2022.
Interestingly, MACA hopes that Carcaptor will be ready by the end of 2022 by obtaining all the necessary permits to participate in the competitions from 2023, which, of course, seems very optimistic and we are unlikely to see a flying car race in the next two years.
It goes without saying that car racing is evolving very fast and is quickly adapting to the latest technologies. Formula E and Extreme E competitions are two clear examples of this, in which electric propulsion is used to power cars.