Ambitious aeronautical startup Alauda is building Australia\u2019s first flying car and by 2020, aims to hold the first Airspeeder World Championship.\r\n\r\nAlauda is using cutting-edge technologies and advanced robotics to build the \u201cFerrari of the sky,\u201d a full-sized, human-capable, flying car called the Alauda Mark 1.\r\n\r\nAlauda Mark 1 is an electric, low-altitude aircraft shaped like a race car. Once completed, it will be capable of carrying a single pilot and reaching speeds over 200km\/h.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBuilt with four custom 50-megawatt motors, and powered by the same cells used in the battery of a Tesla Model S, the Mark 1 uses robotics and sensors to ensure the driver\u2019s (or pilot\u2019s) safety while putting them in control of a performance electric aircraft.\r\n\r\nAlauda describes its Mark 1 as not quite a plane or a car and instead borrowed the term Airspeeder from classic Sci-fi. To us, the Mark 1 kind of resembles a massive drone that's fitted with a cockpit.\r\n\r\nAlauda\u2019s targets are ambitious. It\u2019s aiming for the first test flight to take place early next year, with the first head-to-head race planned for late 2018. By 2020, the company plans to hold the first Airspeeder World Championship.\r\n\r\nAlauda Founder and CEO Matthew Pearson was tired of waiting for the future to happen. \u201cIt\u2019s just time the world had flying cars,\u201d he said. \u201cRacing will push the technology like nothing else. It\u2019s not enough to build the speeder: we have to build the sport. We want to bring the excitement and values of Formula 1 to the sky.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAlauda has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its sky-high ambitions. \u201cWe have the prototype, we have the technology, we have the team - now we want to take it to the next level,\u201d added Pearson. \u201cOur Kickstarter will help us build a community and bring flying racing cars one step closer to reality.\u201d\r\n\r\nPledges begin at AUD 35 with rewards ranging from access to the 2018 test race live stream and merchandise, through to sponsorship options with your business or company name on the test vehicle.\r\n\r\nUnfortunately, none of the rewards let you test the vehicle. This campaign is \u2018look but don\u2019t touch.\u2019\r\n\r\nIf the first Airspeeder World Championship is something you want to see happen, head over to Kickstarter via the link below and help make Alauda\u2019s dream a reality.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.