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Airbus Helicopter RACER, Born to Race Plus Eco Friendly!

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Airbus Helicopters unveiled at the Paris Air Show a high-speed helicopter concept, codenamed “RACER” (for Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft). The assembly of the first prototype is scheduled for 2019, and 2020 for the first flight. The helicopter will have a main rotor, two lateral pusher rotors and a joined “box-wing” configuration. Racer is aimed at markets such as search and rescue, passenger transport and possible military applications. Racer will cruise at 220 knots, although it will be able to fly at higher speeds.

As to reducing fuel consumption and increasing range, the engine will be equipped with a new electrically powered “stop and start” system. This “eco mode” concept will allow a pilot to “pause” an engine while in cruise, generating fuel savings of approximately 15 percent and longer range.

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