Airbus Helicopters Racer

First announced in 2014, LifeRCraft (Low Impact Fast & Efficient RotorCraft) will be a large-scale compound rotorcraft demonstrator developed under the lead of Airbus Helicopters in the framework of Europe Clean Sky 2 Joint Technology Initiative.

On June 2017, Racer (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft) high speed demonstrator configuration was first unveiled during the Paris Air Show. Prototype scheduled to fly in 2020




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Aneto-1X to Power Airbus Racer Demonstrator, 22-Oct-18 : Helitech 2018 ​Airbus selected Safran’s Aneto-1X of 2,500 shp engine to power its Racer (Rapid and Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) high-speed demonstrator

Racer Demonstrator Passes Preliminary Design, 16-Oct-18 : Helitech 2018 Airbus Racer (Rapid And Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) high-speed demonstrator prototype final assembly planned to start Q4 2019. Funded by European Union’s H2020 framework through the Clean Sky 2 program

Airbus Supporting Clean Sky with Blade and Racer, 23-May-18 : #CleanSky Airbus developing cutting-edge technology demonstrators that will help with sound reduction and lowering CO2 and gas emissions produced by aircraft. Racer helicopter demonstrator scheduled for 2020

Airbus Racer High-Speed Demonstrator, 20-Jun-17 : Paris Air Show 2017 Airbus unveiled configuration of Racer (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft) high speed demonstrator in develop as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme

Polish Institute of Aviation ‏DREAM Project kick-off, 08-Feb-17 : DREAM is an innovative project in the frame of European Clean Sky 2 programme (Horizon 2020). Will result in manufacturing parts for the new compound rotorcraft being developed by Airbus Helicopters

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