The 18m Racer.
This snappy and agile racing machine has been rigorously adapted to the demands and requirements of ambitious competition pilots. Thanks to the optionally available short 15 m outer wings, flying in the FAI 15m class does not require any compromises.
More Space and Better Visibility.
The completely revamped fuselage has longer overall fuselage length and a newly designed, larger tail optimized for the 18 m wingspan.
The cockpit has a slightly longer design and can now accommodate pilots up to 1.9 m height. The new, drag reduced fuselage is also 2 cm wider, offering more leg-room and generally providing more room where needed. Even tall pilots will find ample space in this fuselage!
The canopy rim is cut back, allow better all-round vision for more safety. To further enhance comfort and safety, the fuselage now has a suspended, 5 inch aluminum wheel with a superior working disc brake.
In cooperation with Dr. Karl-Heinz Horstmann (wing geometry, airfoil) and Prof. Mark Maugher, PhD (new winglets), the outer wing has been completely redeveloped. Following concurrent reviews of the design and test results, an optimally tuned outer wing and winglet could been created.
The proven tail units from the Ventus-2ax/bx models with the low drag airfoil from Prof. Loek Boermans and the advantageous double trapezoidal geometry of the elevator were further optimised by extending the tail's span to suit the new 18 m wing.
|Wing span||15 m||49.21 ft|
|Wing area||9.67 m²||104.09 ft²|
|Fuselage length||6.63 m||21.76 ft|
|Empty mass (approx.)||290 kg||739 lb|
|Max. all-up mass||525 kg||1157 lb|
|Wing loading (approx.)||37.7 - 54.3 kg/m²||7.7 - 11.1 lb/ft²|
|Max. permitted speed||285 km/h||154 kts (177 mph)|
Standard Equipment and Options
With little effort, these out wings convert the 18m sailplane into a 15m racing machine.
Hydraulic disc brakes allow a better adjustment and a higher brake power, even on difficult landing grounds.
Installing the Tost Penta wheel allows a mass reduction of about 40% compared to the Classic version and thanks to the asymmetric splitting of the wheel, the tire mounting is very easy. The hydraulic brake calliper guarantees best brake power.
The modification is classified as Limited Pilot Owner Maintenance according to M.A.803 and can be executed by the pilot/ owner.
In case of top-heaviness, the tail tank can be filled with water to improve the flight quality.
For single seaters, only compatible with 18m wing span. Especially for self-launching sailplanes, the wing tip wheels ease the starting.
Avoids cracking due to low temperatures as well as yellowing of the surface
Attention: Fluorierend paint is not permanently UV resistent and may fade over time
Attention: Flourecend paint is not permanently UV resistent and may bleach out over time.
Besides the jet-based sustainer engine, the Ventus-2cxa can now also be ordered with the innovative, silent and environment-friendly Front Electric Sustainer system. This system has the electric engine and the foldable propeller installed in the nose of the fuselage, while the two 16kg batteries are safely stored in a compartment in the fuselage behind the wings.
Combining top performance with most pleasant flight characteristics, the Ventus-2cx provides the base for unforgettable gliding experiences. To fly it is simple and safe, it climbs above average even at high wing loads and can is easy to handle both in the air and on the ground. Not without reason, the Ventus-2cx can always be found in top OLC positions and is top of its class when flying in high mountains.
Handling and agility of the Ventus-2cxT have set standards; top positions at championships and the OLC prove its performance. The turbo sustainer system, proven for decades, adds the assurance that the risk of landing out and the burden of long retrieval tours are a story of the past.
The combination of the versatility of using a Ventus-2cxT and the easy usage of its engine make it the ideal piece of sports equipment for competitions or ambitious cross-country flights, the perfect companion for soaring safaris - or simply the robust favorite glider of any gliding club.
If you are a sporty pilot and you are looking for a self-launching glider that is handy and agile, has a sophisticated and proven engine system that you can hardly notice when gliding, there are few alternatives to the Ventus-2cxM in its class. The automated engine control ensure safe handling and foolproof operation, but does not take control and influence out of the pilots hands.