Ansys, a global leader in engineering simulation, has partnered with Air Race E, the world’s first electric airplane race, set to launch its inaugural event in 2021.

As the Official Simulation Software Partner, Ansys’s cutting-edge simulation technologies will be used to help teams optimize the energy efficiency and performance of their all-electric race planes.

Air Race E aims to use the competition format to drive the development and adoption of cleaner and more technologically advanced electric powertrains that can be applied to urban air mobility vehicles, regional air transport and, eventually, commercial airplanes.

The races will follow a format similar to the popular Air Race 1 series of formula one air racing, but with a new electric formula. Eight electric-powered airplanes will race directly against each other on a tight 5-km circuit, just 10 metres above the ground, and at speeds faster than any land-based motorsport.

Air Race E founder and CEO Jeff Zaltman said the partnership is a natural alliance, with both parties sharing a desire to accelerate innovation that dramatically reduces the environmental impacts of aviation.

“We’re confident that this partnership with Ansys will prove invaluable for our race teams, particularly now, during the design and build phase of the series. Ansys simulation solutions will enable them to push engineering boundaries and hone their new aircraft concepts faster than ever. Air Race E looks forward to seeing the game-changing competitive advantages our teams gain from using Ansys products.”

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Ansys offers a broad portfolio of engineering simulation software, helping clients solve complex challenges from ideation to design to manufacturing to product use across a wide range of industries.

Air Race E teams will have the opportunity to use Ansys software to simulate the various demands on their aircraft during a race and to test solutions to refine and streamline their designs.

“Ansys and Air Race E are shaping the future of electric flight by joining forces to solve the most pressing engineering challenges impacting aircraft electrification today,” said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president, Ansys. “Combining Ansys’ powerful physics-based simulation capabilities with Air Race E’s physical test bed for experimentation will accelerate the development of critical electrification technologies and help launch a new era of sustainable electric aviation.”

Ansys joins Official Founding Partner Airbus as a partner of Air Race E. Since February 2019, Airbus has supported Air Race E, providing design and engineering expertise to competing teams and opportunities to learn from the company’s existing electrification projects.