Rolls-Royce, the organization mostly known for its fancy cars, has an electric airplane too. Recently, it took the aircraft named the Spirit of Innovation for a spin, breaking a few world records in the process, that too by a thumping margin.
According to Rolls-Royce, Spirit of Innovation has created many world records on a Nov. 16 flight. At the outset, it achieved a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over the distance of 3 kilometers, which is almost triple as fast as the earlier, 213.04 km/h (132mph) record. Moreover, it achieved a speed of 532.1km/h (330 mph) over 15 kilometers. It is another world first and broke the fastest time to climb 3000 meters within 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds, as claimed by the company.
Additionally, Rolls-Royce claims to have submitted its data to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and expects the records to be declared official.
At a point, the Spirit of Innovation attained a maximum speed of 623 km/h (387.4 mph). According to Rolls-Royce this probably makes the airplane the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle, be it on air, sea, or land.
In a statement, Rolls-Royce director of flight operations and test pilot Phill O’Dell said the following- “Flying the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ at these incredible speeds and believing we have broken the world-record for all-electric flight is a momentous occasion. This is the highlight of my career and is an incredible achievement for the whole team.”
The Spirit of Innovation applies a 400kW electric powertrain, apart from the most power-dense propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace, as per Rolls-Royce sources. To design the airplane, Rolls-Royce collaborated with aviation energy storage specialist Electro Flight, along with automotive powertrain supplier YASA.