The Red Bull Air Race World Championship
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an official World Championship, accredited by the FAI – The World Air Sports Federation. The Red Bull Air Race features the world’s best racing pilots in a pure motorsport competition. It combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight raceplanes, pilots hit speeds of 370kph while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low level slalom track marked by 25-metre-high, air-filled pylons.
Devised by the Red Bull sports think-tank, the initial goal was to create the most advanced aerial challenge the world had ever seen. It has evolved into the Red Bull Air Race we know today has far exceeded any original expectations.
Rules for Pilots
For 2017, 14 pilots will take part in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Master Class pilots will have obtained their Master Class Super Licence, as issued by the Red Bull Air Race Committee.
New pilots who wish to participate in the World Championship must first fulfill the minimum criteria set by the Red Bull Air Race Committee, which include top achievements in international flying competitions organised by the FAI. They must also be active aerobatic air display pilots.
The specially designed aerial racetracks used in the Red Bull Air Race are unlike any other. The high speed, low altitude sport can play out over water, such as at the beautiful Corniche in Abu Dhabi, or land, such as at the world-renowned EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany. Regardless, the ultimate motorsport series in the sky always takes place at the most breath-taking locations on the planet.
On average, the racetracks measure approximately 6km in length and are marked by race-bespoke Air Gates. The unique inflatable pylons, which form the Air Gates and define the racetrack, were first developed in 2002 and have evolved year-on-year into the sophisticated design currently used.