The test flights took place in mid-November in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England. According to the engineers, in addition to the absolute speed achieved, the aircraft also improved speed records for a distance of three and 15 kilometers and also broke the record time for climbing to a height of three kilometers by 60 seconds.
“This is the peak of my career and an incredible success for the whole team,” said Phill O’Dell, who is the company’s chief of aviation operations and piloted the machine during the test. The previous speed record for electric aircraft was held by the Extra 330 LE machine with a Siemens electric drive, which in 2017 reached a speed of 214 kilometers per hour lower.
Rolls-Royce says its electric single-seater aircraft has the most powerful battery system ever built for the aircraft. It is a set of batteries with 6,000 cells that could charge 7,500 mobile phones. The power unit with three motors has an output of 400 kilowatts.