Kawasaki unveils motorcycle-powered super-speed racing helicopter

Kawasaki unveils motorcycle-powered super-speed racing helicopter

November 16, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The Japanese company Kawasaki is known primarily for motorcycles. As it turns out, the industrial giant’s ambitions go far beyond bikes: another demonstration of Kawasaki’s technological superiority was the K-Racer autonomous racing helicopter prototype.

The unmanned racing helicopter uses a 1000cc four-cylinder engine from the 300-horsepower Ninja H2R motorcycle. A traditional 4m propeller is capable of changing the angle of the blades as they rotate around the center shaft, making it easy to adjust the trajectory and pitch. But the main feature of the helicopter was two rotors mounted on small wings, providing additional thrust and high speed.

The first test flight has already been completed. During tests, Kawasaki demonstrated the helicopter’s ability to fly completely autonomously. However, the manufacturer does not disclose the exact timing of the appearance of a commercial version of the K-Racer unmanned helicopter.

“We will use the results of this test to develop vertical take-off and landing vehicles, including manned unmanned helicopters, as well as to develop control systems for aircraft,” summarize the Kawasaki representatives.