The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be back in the skies in February 2014 with a full eight-race World Championship staged in 7 countries on 3 continents. In the sport created in 2003 and watched by millions of fans, the competitors race in high-performance airplanes between 15 and 25 meters above the ground and navigate a challenging obstacle course of Air Gate pylons at speeds of up to 370 kph.
The series will be back with a 12-pilot field after it took a three-year break to improve safety and reorganize. There will be a number of technical improvements, including standard Lycoming Thunderbolt engines and Hartzell Claw propellers for all pilots. In addition, changes were made to the lightweight nylon pylon material to make them even easier to burst apart if a plane wings clip a pylon and raising the height of the pylons that the pilots pass through to 25 meters from 20.