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 that 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; what has evolved into the Red Bull Air Race we know today has far exceeded any original expectations.
It is a visual spectacle unlike any other. A combination of high speed, low altitude and extreme manoeuvrability make it only accessible to the world's most exceptional pilots.
14 pilots are competing in the Master Class category in eight races across the globe for the title of 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Champion. The objective is to navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time, incurring as few penalties as possible. Pilots can win World Championship points at each race and the pilot with the most points after the last race of the season becomes the Red Bull Air Race World Champion.
The standardised propulsion package – a high-performance, race-tuned standardised engine and standardised propellers – remains for 2017.
The Challenger Cup also returns for 2017, The Challenger Cup offers a new generation of talented pilots from around the world a chance to experience the thrills of the sport.
Nine outstanding pilots from eight different nations will be racing for Challenger Cup points. The twin aims of the Challenger Cup are to give new pilots the chance to develop their low altitude flying skills under racing conditions and further enhance the overall safety of this new dimension in motorsport.