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Bringing Engineering and Watchmaking Together

IWC Schaffhausen joins hands with the world's first electric flying car racing series Airspeeder to give us the best that watchmaking and engineering can offer.

With a passion for technological progress, human endeavour and sustainability, IWC Schaffhausen announces its partnership Airspeeder – the world's first electric flying car racing series. The two brands are engaged to pioneer this new form of motorsport that will announce the entry of a new era of clean-air mobility.

With a passion for technological progress, human endeavour and sustainability, IWC Schaffhausen announces its partnership Airspeeder – the world's first electric flying car racing series.

Airspeeder is the brainchild of founder Matt Pearson who also runs the Alauda – the world's first performance electric flying car manufacturer. His visionary idea to create a new kind of motorsport is shaped from the role sports has played in advancing the cause of technology. With the Airspeeder race series Pearson is on the job to not just accelerate clean-mobility in motorsport racing but also in transforming passenger, logistical and even medical transportation.

The global race series is a one of a kind sporting event that has seen many likeminded people from all backgrounds comes together. From aviation and motor racing to perfomance automotve engineering, each and every member envisions a better future while pushing the boundaries of technical excellence. IWC is one of them!

“It’s fantastic to play a part in bringing Matt’s bold vision to life. The Airspeeder team are true pioneers of aviation and they are bringing together two things that are really close to IWC’s heart. From making some of the planet’s best pilots’ watches for the last eighty years to the cut and thrust of modern automotive design and racing, we have always equipped and inspired those who dare to dream. We are proud to collaborate on an endeavour that will make such a progressive impact on society,” explained Christoph Grainger-Herr, IWC CEO.

Airspeeder is the brainchild of founder Matt Pearson who also runs the Alauda – the world's first performance electric flying car manufacturer.

The planned global race series will eventually see a full grid of eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) craft, manufactured by Alauda, managed by individual teams and operated by elite pilots, compete at heights of up to 40m off the ground and at top speeds of 200km/h. The air races will take place on electronically-created tracks and be streamed globally, minimising the environmental impact of more complex logistics and infrastructure.

The Airspeeder series is all set to take place on electronically-created tracks which will have a full grid of eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) craft, manufactured by Alauda. “Time and again, IWC has enabled dreams and nurtured innovation. Like us, they see beyond the known horizon towards something different, bolder and more inventive. This commitment to progress is something we also value, and we are delighted that the entire team at Schaffhausen believes in our vision. Whether the result is a beautifully designed watch or a revolutionary flying car, we all rely on human and technical endeavour to make truly impactful change through giant technical leaps. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together,” added Airspeeder founder Matt Pearson.

The Airspeeder series is all set to take place on electronically-created tracks which will have a full grid of eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) craft, manufactured by Alauda.

The world's fully functional electrci flying racing car, the Mk3, features an octocopter layout, airfoil-profiled rotor arms, cutting- edge carbon-fibre composites and the latest EV battery technology. Its overall look is reminiscent of the classic 1950s sportscar but designed for maximum performance and aerial agility. An entire grid of the Mk3 is under production by Airspeeder just before these remotely piloted cars compete in the upcoming event. Additionally the Mk4 is expected to launch in 2022, before the inaugural crewed season gets underway.

For more information on the collaboration, visit here.

Images: Courtesy IWC

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