Formula Air Racing
Formula Air Racing is a category of air race where a specific “formula”, or set of rules, is used. This formula refers to the technical specifications for the aircraft itself but will also include competition rules. It is true air racing and pure motorsport. It is competitive and dynamic and exciting for both spectators and participants. Importantly, it is also a great platform for technological development.
The most popular type of Formula Air Race is the sport known as formula one air racing, which began in 1947 under the International Formula One Air Racing Association (IF1). This formula is the most successful class in the history of air racing. It has seen more races, more pilots and more aircraft than all other racing classes combined.
Formula one air racing was adopted in the UK in 1970 and soon spread to continental Europe. More recently, formula one air races have been held on at least four continents with tens of thousands of spectators and hugely successful media coverage.
The most recent Formula Air Race to develop was the electric formula, Air Race E, which is sanctioned by FARA globally. Air Race E is set to revolutionise the sport as it takes air racing into the next generation.
Formula Air Racing can take many shapes, but the two disciplines mentioned above are considered ‘pylon racing’ where 8 airplanes racing directly against each other at the same time around a closed course of just 5km, for 8 laps, reaching speeds of around 450kph while flying only 10 metres above the ground.