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Saturday 26 January 2019

Rolls-Royce hopes to set speed record with electric airplane

The ACCEL team wants to surpass 300 miles per hour in 2020. Way back in 1931, Rolls-Royce helped Britain claim the Schneider Trophy, awarded to the Supermarine S.6B racing airplane after it set a speed record of 343 miles per hour.

Of course, nowadays that speed isn't particularly impressive. What would be a milestone, though, is hitting such a velocity with an airplane powered by electricity. And that's exactly what Rolls-Royce plans to do as part of its ACCEL program (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight), which is partially funded by the U.K. government.

The current record for an electric airplane stands at 210 mph, set in 2017 by the German engineering company Siemens. Rolls-Royce hopes to surpass the 343-mph mark it set back in 1931 with the Supermarine. "This plane will be powered by a state-of-the-art electrical system and the most powerful battery ever built for flight," says Matheu Parr ACCEL Project Manager for Rolls-Royce.



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