‘Spirit of Innovation’, the all-electric Rolls-Royce’s aircraft had reached a maximum speed of 623 km/h (387.4 mph). This makes the company believes that it owns the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft.
This statement came after a test that run at an experimental aircraft testing site at Boscombe Down in Amesbury, Wiltshire.
Phill O’Dell, the director of flight operations, was the one who reached the top speed at the test.
“This is the highlight of my career and is an incredible achievement for the whole team,” O’Dell said.
Rolls-Royce has submitted three distances for world records to the World Air Sports Federation. Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), controls and certifies world aeronautical and astronautical records.
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The three-speed world records
The first one, the Fastest electric aircraft over three kilometers. The aircraft smashed the existing record by 213.04 km/h (132mph), by reaching a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over 3 Kilometers.
But, the second one, the Fastest electric aircraft over 15 kilometers. When the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ reached 532.1km/h (330 mph) over 15 kilometers.
However, the final one is the Fastest time to climb to 3000 meters. The electric aircraft broke the fastest time to climb to 3000 meters by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds.
According to Rolls-Royce, the airplane was propelled on its record-breaking runs by a 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain. Also, as the company said it’s “the most power-dense propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace.”
The “Spirit of Innovation” by Rolls-Royce is a part of the ACCEL project or Accelerating the Electrification of Flight.