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KLK Motorsport and Gerg GmbH to develop rear fuselage for CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL

Airbus has expanded its supplier list by selecting KLK Motorsport and Modell- und Formenbau Blasius Gerg GmbH to design the rear fuselage for its CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft.

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Airbus has expanded its supplier list by selecting KLK Motorsport and Modell- und Formenbau Blasius Gerg GmbH to design the rear fuselage for its CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft. Airbus Image

The companies are to design and develop the ultra-lightweight rear fuselage using high-end composite materials and components.

“Directly interacting with the center fuselage and the wing, the rear structure will leverage both suppliers’ expertise in homogeneous design for Formula E and Formula One vehicles, while complying with the most stringent safety and reliability standards,” said Joerg Mueller, head of urban air mobility (UAM) at Airbus, in a press release.

KLK Motorsport and Gerg GmbH have been working on end-to-end composite design and manufacturing solutions for a number of years. The companies said this partnership to develop the rear structure for the CityAirbus NextGen is a continuation of the work that both suppliers had been doing on Airbus’ high-speed Racer demonstrator. On the Racer, KLK Motorsport and Gerg GmbH provided a carbon fiber canopy, optimized for low aerodynamic draft and high visibility.

Since unveiling the CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL in September 2021, the aerospace company has expanded its supplier list to include Thales and Diehl to develop the aircraft’s flight control computers, Spirit AeroSystems for its wings, and MAGicALL for its electric motors.

In addition to developing an eVTOL aircraft, Airbus is also working with its partners to develop UAM ecosystems, including one in Italy with ITA Airways, and one in Germany through its Air Mobility Initiative.

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