Airbus has become the founding partner for Air Race E, the first race series for electric aircraft. The inaugural race is planned for 2020 and will follow a format similar to the Air Race 1 pylon-racing series for piston-powered aircraft. Eight electric-powered, experimental-category aircraft will race against each other over five laps of a 1.5-km (0.9-mi.) oval circuit at speeds exceeding 400 kph (250 mph), at an altitude of 10 m (30 ft.). The University of Nottingham, England, is ...

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