They build the “fastest in the world” all-electric airplane

The light aircraft Spirit of Innovation has set three new records during its test flights, according to the British manufacturer. Photo: Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Roys, the British manufacturer of luxury cars and aeronautical engines, has communicated that An all-electric aircraft of his creation has set three new world records, making it the world’s fastest aircraft of its kind.

It is the Spirit of Innovation (Spirit of innovation, in Spanish), which during tests carried out last week at an airfield of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense reached a maximum speed of 555.9 km / h over 3 kilometers, surpassing the 337.50 km / h mark set in 2017 by a Siemens powered electric stunt plane.

In addition, the Rolls-Roys aircraft covered a distance of 15 km at a speed of 532.1 km / h, 292.8 km / h faster than the previous record. It has also been the fastest electric plane to reach 3,000 meters in height with a time of 202 seconds, cutting the previous record by 60 seconds.

During those flights, Spirit of Innovation reached a top speed of 623 km / h, which is why Rolls-Royce believes that “it is the fastest fully electric vehicle in the world.” The company has sent the respective data to the International Aeronautical Federation, which controls and certifies world aeronautical and astronautical records.

This lightweight aircraft, which successfully completed its initial test flight last September, is equipped with a 400 kW electric motor and a battery pack with the highest power density ever assembled in the aerospace industry. Its design is intended to achieve maximum energy efficiency and marks a milestone in the transformation of the aviation industry towards decarbonisation, according to the British manufacturer.

It is expected that in the future the Spirit of Innovation could be used as an air taxi, although Rolls-Royce is also working on using its technology for a large passenger aircraft with an electric propulsion system.

The light aircraft Spirit of Innovation has set three new records during its test flights, according to the British manufacturer. Photo: Rolls-Royce.

The light aircraft Spirit of Innovation has set three new records during its test flights, according to the British manufacturer. Photo: Rolls-Royce.

(With information from RT)

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