- Extra 330LE
- 342.86 kilometre(s) per hour
- Germany (Dinslaken)
The world’s fastest aircraft powered by an electric motor is the Extra 330LE, produced by German manufacturer Extra Aircraft. During a flight on 23 March 2017, from the Dinslaken Schwarze Heide airfield in Germany, the plane reached a record top-speed of 342.86 km/h (213.04 mph) – 18.84 km/h (11.71 mph) faster than the previous record. The aircraft was piloted by Walter Kampsmann (Germany).
The Extra 330LE is a single-wing aerobatic plane, weighing approximately 1,000 kg (depending on configuration), and driven by a 50-kg Siemens SP260D electric motor, delivering a power output of 260 kilowatts (about 350 horsepower). It is 7.5 m (24.6 ft) long, 2.6 m (8.6 ft) high, and has a wingspan of 8 m (26.3 ft) and wing area of 10.84 m² (116.7 square feet).
The day after setting its new speed record, it also became the first electric aircraft to tow a glider, pulling a LS8-neo glider to a height of 600 m (1970 ft) in 76 seconds.