The French Grand Prix of the Formula One World Championship came to an end yesterday. The championship battle between Red Bull and Mercedes lasted until the penultimate lap. The battle was fierce.
The pole position winner Red Bull driver Max Verstappen had just started and rushed out of the track at Turn 1. He was overtaken by Mercedes driver Hamilton behind him and fell to second place. In this Paul Ricard circuit, which is difficult to overtake, once it is overtaken due to a mistake, it is difficult to regain the position. But on lap 32, Red Bull took the initiative to change, let Verstappen pitted twice and put on neutral tires. Mercedes insisted on a one-stop strategy, trying to finish the race with hard tyres.
Limited by the severe decline of tires, Hamilton was overtaken by Verstappen in the penultimate lap. The Red Bull driver finally achieved the Red Bull Racing team's first three-game winning streak in the hybrid era with an advantage of 2.9 seconds .
▲F1 French Grand Prix, picture from: Red Bull
As the highest-level racing competition, F1 has a very high influence on a global scale. However, under the wave of environmental protection and electrification, the FIA also changed the power unit of F1 from a 2.4L V8 engine to the current 1.6L V6 turbocharged engine in 2014, supplemented by a kinetic energy recovery system ( ERS).
In the same year, the FIA also tried to electrify formula cars and held the first Formula E Championship in Beijing. All formula cars participating in the competition rely solely on electricity to provide energy. The event undoubtedly successfully promoted the research and development of electric vehicles.
▲Electric formula car, picture from: FIA
But obviously, the "puzzling" motor sound of Formula E can't satisfy the human desire for speed and passion like F1.
Since you can't run on the ground, let's get some flying in the sky .
An Australian start-up company called Alauda plans to host the world's first "flying car" competition, and in 2017 it launched the prototype Alauda Mark1. This is an electric low-altitude aircraft that looks like a racing car. It is equipped with four customized 50 MW motors and can carry a pilot to fly at low altitudes at a speed of 200km/h.
"Since we have cars, we have had motorsports," said Alauda CEO Matt Pearson. "We want to compete."
▲Alauda Mark1, picture from: The Verge
And yesterday, its "electric flying car" Alauda Mk3 has successfully conducted its first unmanned test flight in southern Australia. It is said that this unmanned Alauda Mk3 can accelerate to 100% in 2.8 seconds and climb to an altitude of 500 meters.
The "flying car" is equipped with a detachable battery, and the maintenance personnel can complete the battery replacement within 20 seconds, which is almost the same as the time it takes an F1 car to complete a pit stop. In addition, it is also equipped with lidar to prevent collision accidents.
▲Alauda Mk3, picture from: Alauda
According to its official website, the "Unmanned Electric Flying Car Grand Prix" will be held at three international locations in 2021, and there will be four teams participating.
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