The lithium battery is short-lived, to say the least – White Lightning can last for only five minutes with all-out racing, and 10 minutes of spare power with lower power. You won't see any endurance races with this one. Air Race E boss Jeff Walkman instead describes the plane and the tournament as a "testbed" that will promote electric flight as a whole.
The race tournament does not start until 2020, and some details have not yet been nailed down. Air Race E is only ready to name the eight teams for the first race later this week. However, it may represent a milestone for high-speed electric flight, and the technological discoveries made here may translate into everyday flights in the years to come.