The engineers at Eurocopter have designed a new helicopter, The Eurocopter X3 Hybrid, which is now the fastest helicopter in the world. The previous record was held by the older version of this aircraft.
Eurocopter X3 has one extra engine to drive five-blade main rotor system and two propellers installed on short-span fixed wings on the aircraft. (Propeller is a type of fan that transmits power by converting rotational motion into thrust)
Difference Between Ordinary Heli & Eurocopter X3:
On average, an ordinary helicopter can reach a max speed between 130 and 140 knots — equivalent to 160mph. However, Eurocopter X3 can fly at 232 knots which is 267mph — almost double than an ordinary helicopter.
Eurocopter X3 will be used for emergency services and military personnel like border patrol, coast guard duties, offshore operations, passenger and troop transport.
The company has yet to announce whether or not it will make the Eurocopter X3 available to any private buyers.
No information has been released on pricing as yet.