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In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

The plane will help shape the model and rules for the inaugural Air Race E race in 2020

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

The world’s first electric airplane race set to launch its inaugural series in 2020.

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

Air Race E CEO Jeff Zaltman.

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

Airbus is the Official Founding Partner of Air Race E.

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

The E-Racer Model has been built by Team Condor in their Yorkshire-based workshop in the North of England

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

Using a highly-modified Cassutt aircraft with a rich history in formula air racing dating back to 1979. 

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

The customised electric motor will enable the plane to race at speeds of around 300mph.

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

During the races, the combined max continuous power will be set at 150kW, according to the electric formula.

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

Over 100kg worth of lithium batteries installed under the fuselage of the plane will provide power for five minutes of high intensity racing and around 10 minutes of reserve flying at reduced power.

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

A tender for the first host city is underway, with the successful bid to be announced.

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

Air Race E events will see eight planes fly simultaneously around a tight 5km circuit at just 10m above the ground and at speeds of up to 450kph – faster than any land-based motorsport.

In pictures: World's first ever electric sport plane at Dubai Airshow

Air Race E will be a series of head-to-head international air races, showcasing the skills, expertise and ingenuity of the best pilots and engineers from around the world.