Residents and racing car enthusiasts may be able to witness the world’s first flying car race as the UAE prepares to host the world’s largest autonomous car racing in April 2024.
UAE To Host World’s 1st Flying Car Race
Christian Pineau, CEO of Maca Flight, the first hydrogen-powered flying racing car manufacturer, told Khaleej Times on Monday that the goal is to create a true flying racing car championship, and that the UAE is one of the top potential candidates to host flying car races.
MACA Flight Flying Racing Car
Earlier this year at CES 2023 the flying racing car was unveiled by the French company, which operates independently after being spun off from the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
Flying racing car has a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour and zero CO2 emissions with a price of $2 million (Dh7.34 million)
During the race, the single-seater car will fly only 4-5 meters above the ground, giving spectators a good view to watch and enjoy the race.
Pineau anticipates between 8 and 10 participants in the first race in UAE.
GITEX Technology Week Dubai
During the GITEX Technology exhibition in Dubai last month, it was revealed that Abu Dhabi will host autonomous vehicle racing for the first time on April 28, 2024, with around ten institutions competing.
This will be the world’s largest autonomous car race, with coders competing instead of race drivers on the Yas Marina Formula 1 racing track in Abu Dhabi.
To move the project forward, the French company Maca Flight has partnered with Red Bull, which is involved in a variety of extreme sports.
“If everything goes fine, then we should be able to put together a flying racing car championship by the end of 2025. The first race might be here in Dubai or the UAE.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain have also shown interest in the project,” said Pineau.
Presales of 1st Hydrogen-powered Flying Racing Car
He stated that presales of the first hydrogen-powered flying racing car would begin in a couple of months once the first full-scale demonstrator was completed, which would take about a couple of months.
People who purchase the flying race car will also be trained by Maca Flight.
“We will have a race track for them where they can test their own vehicles if they want to. We want them to be a little bit of helicopter pilots because it requires more skills. We will also have a simulator so that they can train.”
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