Electrification of mobility is now a game that most companies are starting to play. While major carmakers have joined the melee, aviation companies are also signing up for the electrifying act. It has been around four months since BMW-owned Rolls-Royce took the all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft to the skies for the first time, but the company is already breaking limits. After all, Spirit of Innovation is now officially the fastest all-electric vehicle and all-electric aircraft in the world.

Fastest Electric Aircraft Over 3 And 15 Kilometers

Piloted by test pilot and Rolls-Royce Director of Flight Operations, Phill O’Dell, the all-electric Spirit of Innovation went for a number of runs in 2021, during which it broke a couple of world records. For instance, on November 16, 2021, Spirit of Innovation achieved a top speed of 345.4 mph over three kilometers, breaking the previous record by around 132 mph. Siemens eAircraft-powered Extra 330 LE Aerobatic aircraft set the previous record in 2017.

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Spirit of Innovation made further runs at the UK Ministry of Defence’s Boscombe Down experimental aircraft testing site, with Electroflight Pilot, Steve Jones, taking over the yoke. During these runs, the all-electric aircraft reached a top speed of 330 mph over 15 km, which is around 182 mph faster than the previous record.

Fastest All-Electric Vehicle In The World

Spirit of Innovation Phil Odell flight
Via Rolls-Royce

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation that controls and certifies world aeronautical and astronautical records, has already officially verified both top speed records.

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Aside from achieving the 3 km and 15 km top speed feat, Spirit of Innovation also set a new record for fastest time to climb to 3,000 meters. The all-electric aircraft climbed to 3,000 meters in 202 seconds, which is around 60 seconds faster than the current record. This is not an official record yet, as it still needs FAI’s verification.

Interestingly, Spirit of Innovation also managed to achieve a top speed of 387.4 mph during those record setting runs. This just made Spirit of Innovation as the fastest all-electric vehicle in the world.

Feat Achieved Thanks to Superb Electric Drivetrain

Spirit of Innovation Steve Jones ground
Via Rolls-Royce

Helping Spirit of Innovation set these records is a powerful 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain employing three high-power density axial electric motors. Rolls-Royce designed its propeller blades to spin at a far lower RPM than that of conventional planes, resulting in a more stable and quieter flight.

Spirit of Innovation is part of a Rolls-Royce initiative dubbed ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight). Partners include YASA and Electroflight, with support from Jaguar Land Rover and Bremont.

Source: Rolls-Royce

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