Air Racing History
The idea began to develop in 2002 and finally came to light in 2003. This year was the first season of the World Series. A unique show that very soon attracted the attention of fans of risk sports and the Motor world. In 2004, the number of pilots increased to 11. A season in which there were three races in the United States, Great Britain, and Hungary
In 2007 the number of circuits expanded to 10, including for the first time races in South America. And in 2009 the number of pilots rose to 15, with the participation of new nationalities such as Japanese Yoshi Muroya or Australian Matt Hall. It was the most competitive season remembered on the Red Bull Air Race. Since eight pilots got on the podium.
During the years 2011 and 2013 there was a break in the tournament. But this pause served him to return in 2014 with renewed strength. The rules are revised to favor the most skilled participants. And standardized engines and propellers are introduced. A year later, the British Bonhomme won his third world title and announced his retirement from the sport.
The race in Japan was followed live by more than 120,000 people. And the Las Vegas final became a milestone in the history of the competition. Its popularity has grown so much that in 2016 the Red Bull Air Race had a stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today, this is the most critical aircraft race in the world. It also allows you to enjoy spectacular aerial stunts and a formidable atmosphere.
Rules and security
The Red Bull Air Race is an international air racing circuit that must involve at least eight drivers. The goal is to run the track as fast as possible. Although certain maneuvers are penalized with time. According to the classification in each race, points are obtained. And by the end of the season, whoever has the most points will become Air Race world champion.
There are two modalities. The Challenger Cup is designed to help young pilots develop their skills. While the Master Class is the main competition where the best athletes on the planet meet. In any case, all pilots participate in 5 circuits during the year. We must also clarify that the races are done solo. I mean, at all times there’s only going to be one plane in the air running around the track.
The classification phase determines the order of the race day. During the first round, the seven winners of each competition and the fastest of the losers are ranked. In the second round, there are only the top 4 drivers who manage to break into the final. And finally, from these clashes, we get the top 4 classifieds.
Types of airplanes
We at TeamBonHomme enjoy covering many types of planes but the planes participating in the Bull Air Race Network are specially optimized for high competition. These devices incorporate the latest technological advances. Light construction, they can reach speeds of 425 kilometers per hour and have a turning capacity of 420 degrees per second. The planes participating in the Bull Air Race network can reach 425 km/h and can turn 420º per second.
To maximize the possibilities of the aircraft while respecting the safety of the pilots, they withstand voltages of up to 10 times the gravity or force G. basically; they are modified models of the MXS-R, The Edge 540 V2, and The Edge 540 V3.
In the first case, we are dealing with a computer design that maximizes aerodynamic performance. With the passing of the editions, the dubbed Edge Beater has earned the respect of the attendees. It is built entirely with carbon fiber similar to that used in space missions, making it the most durable and durable.
- Edge 540 V2
The Edge 540 V2 is the work of Zivko Aeronautics. This single small seat is one of the favorites on the part of the riders competing in the Air Race. Precise, manageable, and very powerful, it has a light and easily repairable steel frame. Its wing with no straight edges is striking, which, although it aroused suspicion in its day, is now considered a technical feat.
- Edge 540 V3
And we finished today’s entry with the last addition to the races. The main difference with the previous version is that it has more tolerance to the G Force, as the body has been reduced to eliminate much of the friction. The modifications also include optimized exhaust, improvements in the base of the wings, fins or wheel caresses.