On November 16, 2021, over a distance of three kilometers the aircraft achieved 555.9kph (345.4mph) beating the existing record by 200kph (132mph). In subsequent runs at the UK Ministry of Defence's Boscombe Down experimental aircraft testing site, the aircraft averaged 532kph over a 15km distance and was also broke the fastest climb to 3,000 metres record in a time of 202 seconds.
The development of 'Spirit of Innovation' is part of the ACCEL or ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight’ project. Half of the project’s funding is provided by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK.
Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce, said: "The advanced battery and propulsion technology developed for this programme has exciting applications for the advanced air mobility market. Following the world’s focus on the need for action at COP26, this is another milestone that will help make 'jet zero' a reality and supports our ambitions to deliver the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonise transport across air, land and sea."
Facts about the world's fastest all-electric vehicle. Source: Rolls-Royce.
The aircraft has a 400kW (more than 500 horse power) electric powertrain and the most power-dense propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace.
Rolls-Royce has worked with two motorsport companies on the project: Electroflight and Yasa.
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