January 29, 2022

Flying F1 in a few years? This French company believes in it

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The flying car continues to inspire dreams. And some companies firmly believe in it. Like the French company Maca Flight, created in Aix-en-Provence by two former Airbus employees, which rose to prominence in 2021 after unveiling the first images of the Carcopter, a flying object that is half-car, half-helicopter operating at l ‘hydrogen. The idea? First, offer a flying F1 prototype with a pilot on board.

The start-up says it is in contact with “several F1 circuits in France, Italy and the United States” which would be “very interested in organizing flying F1 racing competitions as a preamble” by 2024. If the project comes true, we could attend races straight out of the Star Wars universe, or even the Wipeout video game. These races could also be a demonstration for the young French manufacturer, which does not hide its ambition to offer this technology on models intended for the general public thereafter.

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A first flying prototype in 2022?

Maca FlightCredit Photo – Maca

If a first prototype of the ⅓ scale Carcopter has already flown, the final prototype should be presented in the second half of 2022 and make its first flight at the same time, according to Maca Flight. In the meantime, the company will present a mock-up at CES in Las Vegas in January 2022, accompanied by an “augmented reality experience” of its flying F1. She explains that she is initially targeting sporting events “then wealthy people wishing to move around in a vehicle with completely new characteristics and driving sensations”. Logistics transport would also be in the sights of Maca Flight.

The company is looking for investors

Maca Flight

Maca FlightCredit Photo – Maca

Obviously, all of this comes at a cost. Maca Flight has received a grant of 200,000 euros from the South region, but that may be a bit tight to carry out all of the company’s projects. She therefore says she is looking for funds to finance her development. To be successful, Maca Flight must successfully raise funds “in the course of the year 2022”. And it could well play out in Las Vegas, between January 5 and 8, 2022.

to summarize

The French company Maca Flight will participate in the CES in Las Vegas in January 2022. With its prototype of flying F1 running on hydrogen, it wants to imagine the motorsport of the future. And convince potential investors to fly a first prototype.

Quentin Guéroult