Airbus is looking to make a cost-effective, yet fast way to fly through the sky with the new Racer concept.
The Racer (stands for Rapid and cost-effective rotorcraft) uses a main rotor for basic flight modes, while two lateral pusher rotors provide forward thrust. The lateral pusher rotors are installed on the back of a box-wing, reducing power required for flight by 10 percent. This reduction in required power also lowers fuel consumption, and increase the Racer’s flight range. All-in-all, the Racer will be surprisingly cheap to fly.
Airbus is planning the final assembly of the Racer demonstrator in 2019, with its first flight in 2020.