Making its official debut at the 2017 Paris Air Show, the Airbus RACER (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft is capable of hitting a cruising speed of 250 mph, thanks to a futuristic ‘box-wing’ design. When combined with a light hybrid metallic-composite airframe that provides extra lift, the pusher propellers quickly increase speed while the aircraft is moving forward. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“Airbus focused its design strategy in two places: increasing speed while keeping the sound down. To that end, its lateral rotors will be powered by two RTM 322 engines from the French company Safran. These are military-grade engines that Airbus previously used in its X3 demonstrator,” reports Popular Mechanics.