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Since 2014, Red Bull Air Race rules have specified a minimum aircraft race weight of 698 kg, including pilot and fuel. Previously, teams could shave weight however they saw fit. However, over-aggressive lightening of structure could compromise airframe strength so this rule has been revised. In addition, a previous rule used average pilot weight as a handicapping strategy, although that didn’t seem quite fair either. Currently, most races see 8-10 teams at the minimum weight. Some airframes, such as the Edge V3, are already engineered for maximum lightness, giving those teams an initial advantage but also making additional weight reduction more challenging.
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