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Spirit of Innovation is Roll-Royce all-electric aircraft, which the company believes is the fastest electric plane to be created. 

After beating up several world records, the company sent all information to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the World Air Sports Federation, who are responsible for registering and certifying world aeronautical and astronautical records.  

Spirit of Innovation with a 400kW electric powertrain
Spirit of Innovation with a 400kW electric powertrain. Image credit: bbc.com

There were several runs for the Spirit of Innovation. On 16 November 2021, the aircraft reached a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over 3 kilometers, which is 200 points higher than the existing record by 213.04 km/h (132mph).

During further experimental flights, the aircraft achieved 532.1km/h (330 mph) over 15 kilometers – 292.8km/h (182mph) faster than the previous record – and broke the fastest time to climb to 3000 meters by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds, according to Rolls-Royce data.

And the record-breaking run achieved 387.4 mph (623 km/h), which the company believes makes the Spirit of Innovation the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft. 

The aircraft uses a 400kW electric powertrain – the equivalent of a 535 BHP supercar.

Roll-Royce said it also had the most power-dense propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace with enough power to charge 7,500 phones.

Warren East, chief executive of Rolls-Royce, said: “Following the world’s focus on the need for action at COP26, this is another milestone that will help make ‘jet zero’ a reality.

“It supports our ambitions to deliver the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonise transport across air, land and sea.”

Rolls-Royce hopes that the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) will certify and officially confirm the results as new World Records in the near future.

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