F1 of the sky, Air Race X to be held in Shibuya using AR. October 15 (Sun.) Digital Round Final Tournament in Shibuya AIR RACE X – SHIBUYA DIGITAL ROUND

Inaugural public viewing of a racetrack through the streets of Shibuya!
Spectator venues and how to watch the race.
Eight top pilots from around the world will participate in the event.

A fusion of real and digital creates the world's first urban XR Sports. The innovation of sports entertainment is here!

Air Race, which has excited the world, is back as “AIR RACE X,” the world’s first urban XR sport. The Digital Round, Final Tournament will be held on October 15, 2023 (Sunday) in Shibuya.

What is Urban XR Sports?
AIR RACE X is a new sports competition that uses XR (AR = Augmented Reality, MR = Mixed Reality, and VR = Virtual Reality) in real urban spaces. For AIR RACE X competition, XR technology is used to expand the possibilities of urban use by transforming Shibuya and other urban spaces around the world where flying is impossible into race venues. This will create the foundation for new sports competitions and provide the excitement generated by an unprecedented experience.

AIR RACE X Promotional Movie (Japanese version)

The racetrack in Shibuya, Tokyo, where aircraft will race at speeds of up to 400 km/h, will be open to the public day for the Digital Round, Final Tournament in Shibuya on October 15 (Sunday). We will also inform you of viewing areas and how to watch the race.

Eight top pilots from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Japan, South Africa, and Spain, have been selected to participate in AIR RACE X.

The world’s first AIR RACE X race is about to start and will be viewed using state-of-the-art digital technology.

Impossible in real life, the city of Shibuya becomes a racetrack.

If we were to fly actual race planes over Shibuya, what kind of course design would allow us to weave through the high-rise buildings and create a spectacular race for the spectators? The racetrack was meticulously created on the assumption that it was real, considering the topography of Shibuya.

Each pilot flies based on the Shibuya course design at bases around the world. The flight data acquired during these flights is converted into images using XR technology. The system allows users to watch the competition as if they were flying on a smartphone or tablet with the real metaverse platform “STYLY” installed, or on a head-mounted display.

The final tournament of the Shibuya Digital Round on October 15 (Sunday) will start competition at 16:00. On the day of the competition, in addition to the official spectator sites, the races can be watched from anywhere in Shibuya if the racetrack is within view. The event is also full of devices that were not possible in previous air races, such as two or more race planes flying at the same time, and lap times and penalties being displayed in space. The near-future world that looks like something you would see in a science fiction movie is now a reality thanks to XR technology.

The AIR RACE X Shibuya Digital Round will consist of six days of qualifying rounds starting on October 8, and the winner will be decided at the finals on Sunday, October 15. During the qualifying rounds, the results of the daily round-robin races will be shown on the official AIR RACE X website. On the day of the finals, you will be able to watch the AR races in Shibuya and on the official AIR RACE X YouTube channel for a worldwide broadcast of the races.

An AIR RACE X special program, a complete 45-minute package of this competition, will be distributed worldwide in late October.

Outline of the Event

AIR RACE X – Shibuya Digital Round Final Tournament

Scheduled for Sunday, October 15, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.
*Six days of preliminary rounds starting October 8, and the final tournament on Sunday, October 15.

◎Viewing Venue (fee required): SHIBUYA QWS (Shibuya QWS)
◎Viewing Venue (free of charge): SHIBUYA PARCO (Shibuya PARCO)
◎Worldwide Live Streaming: AIR RACE X YouTube Channel

Sponsored by
Air Race X Executive Committee

Lexus International
AR Advanced Technology, Inc.
Yamaha Corporation
Pico Technology Japan K.K.
J. Front Retailing, Inc.
Tokyu Land Corporation

Metaverse Japan
T2C Corporation

◎Media Partner:
TV Asahi
Shibuya Television Co.

◎Executive Committee:
Pathfinder Inc.
Strategic Partners, Inc.
Shibuya Future Design Incorporated Association

◎Official Site:

AIR RACE X Spectator Guide
This year’s race will be held on the real metaverse platform “STYLY”(https://gallery.styly.cc/about/ja). Spectators will be able to watch the race on a large screen monitor or use a head-mounted display at a dedicated spectator site in Shibuya, allowing viewers to enjoy the realistic sight of the race aircraft racing through the streets of Shibuya.
*Watching the race on a head-mounted display is only available at SHIBUYA QWS.

Anyone can watch the race by holding an iPad or smartphone with the STYLY application installed over a building on the streets of Shibuya. The race will also be streamed online to the entire world, so you can enjoy the excitement of the race on live video just as you have done in the past air races.

STYLY app installation https://styly.cc/ja/mobile/
Participants are responsible for their own communication costs when downloading and experiencing the app.
Supported devices: iPhone 6s or later, Android 8.0 or later.
*Please note that some smartphone models may not be available.

STYLY is a real metaverse platform that enables the creation and distribution of XR content linked to urban spaces and has facilitated many creator training and location-based projects.

STYLY is equipped with 3D data of cities around the world, which can be used to create and distribute content linked to real space. Furthermore, STYLY is compatible with multiple devices, allowing users to experience AR content on a variety of devices, including smartphones, AR/MR glasses, web browsers, and VRHMDs.

We will continue to collaborate with creators and cities around the world to promote the “Real Metaverse” that augments the real world with technology and creates an “era of wearing space” where XR/Real Metaverse is used in our lifestyles.

What is Air Racing?
Air racing is the general term for motorsports in the sky that use aircraft to compete in flight techniques and aircraft performance. There have been many races since the 1930s, including the Reno Air Race and the National Air Race, but the most famous is the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which was held from 2003 to 2019. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the ultimate three-dimensional motorsport, in which contestants compete for the fastest time to the finish line by passing a 25-meter-high air-inflated pylon (obstacle) in a prescribed order and method. It consists of a series of grueling aerial time trials with a maximum speed of 370 km/h and a maximum load of 12G and was also known as the “Formula 1 of the sky”.

Reference Image
◎AIR RACE X teaser video (English)

◎AIR RACE X Shibuya Digital Round Race Track

◎AIR RACE X Demo Video

◎AIR RACE X Overview

Athlete Information

Martin Sonka

Team Name: Red Bull Team Šonka #8
Date of Birth: 26 March 1978
Nationality: CzechCzech Air Force Gripen Pilot
A pilot for the Czech Air Force Gripen fighter and aerobatics team, he has competed in Red Bull Air Race since 2010; since 2014 he has focused on aerobatics piloting, winning four out of eight races in 2018 to win the overall championship. He was also named one of the top ten athletes in the Czech Republic.

Mika Brageot

Team Name: #11 Racing
Date of Birth: 31 July 1987
Nationality: French

Young Hope continues to make rapid progress.
Selected for the French Aerobatic Team at the age of 21, the youngest in history; entered the Challenger Class of the Red Bull Air Race in 2014 and won the overall championship in his second year; entered the Master Class in 2017 and finished 10th overall for the year, the highest ranking record for a rookie; as of October 2023. At 36, he is the youngest AIR RACE X pilot.

Petr Kopfstein

Team Name: Kopfstein Racing #18
Date of Birth: 18 March 1978
Nationality: Czech

Challenging aerobatics in college
Petr has dreamed of becoming an airplane pilot since childhood and chose aerobatic flying as soon as he began his pilot training during his college years. He has won titles in various competitions, including the Czech National Championships, and has been competing in the Master Class of Red Bull Air Race since 2016.

Juan Velarde

Team Name: Team Velarde #26
Date of Birth: 19 September 1974
Nationality: Spanish

Captain Iberia Airlines
Juan started competing in aerobatics while piloting for Iberia Airlines and represented Spain in 2004; he has competed in the Red Bull Air Race Challenger class since 2014 and in the Master Class since 2015; as of 2023, he is still a captain, flying Airbus A330 airliners. As of 2023, he is still flying Airbus A330 airliners as a captain.

Yoshi Muroya

Date of Birth: 27 January 1973
Nationality: Japanese

Asia’s first world champion
He started as a glider pilot at Chuo University’s Aviation Club and began flying aerobatics after graduation, becoming the first Asian pilot to compete in the Red Bull Air Race in 2009. 2016 saw him take his first win in his hometown of Chiba, Japan, and in 2017 he won four out of eight races, including Chiba, to take the overall annual championship.

Patrick Davidson

Team Name: Team 77
Date of Birth: 7 June 1982
Nationality: South African

First pilot from South Africa to participate.
At the age of 12, he won the South African novice aerobatics competition with a safety pilot, and on his 17th birthday he flew solo for the first time, the only AIR RACE X pilot from Africa and a member of the Red Bull Air Race Challenger class.

Pete McLeod

Team Name: Pete McLeod Racing #84
Date of Birth: 23 February 1984
Nationality: Canadian

Youngest to participate in air racing.
He flew his first airplane at six weeks old and flew his first flight on his father’s lap at the age of three. At age 16, he was licensed to fly faster than an automobile and to perform aerobatics, and in 2009 he became the first Canadian and youngest ever Red Bull Air Race Master Class pilot at the age of twenty-five.

Matt Hall

Date of Birth: 16 September 1971
Nationality: Australian

Fighter Commander of the Royal Australian Air Force
Matt flew F/A-18 Hornet fighters and served as a squadron commander and was decorated in both the U.S. and Australian militaries through an exchange program with the U.S. Air Force. After retiring from the military, he began competing in the Red Bull Air Race in 2009. In 2019, his last season, he won the overall championship and is the current title holder.

Event Partners

Lexus International
Under the tagline “EXPERIENCE AMAZING,” which symbolizes LEXUS’ vision of “providing experiences that surprise and delight,” LEXUS offers attractive experiences that go beyond the car itself.
In 2016, we started working with Muroya, whose “fighting attitude and spirit inspire people,” and in 2021, we will accelerate our efforts to date as Team LEXUS PATHFINDER AIR Racing, and to operate races together.

AR Advanced Technology, Inc.
BX designer – Going beyond DX to realize a creative BX!
As a business transformation designer using cloud technology, data, and AI, we not only develop systems, digitalize, and DX, but also design creative business goals with our clients to achieve PURPOSE and VISION, and innovate society and business in a sustainable manner, we create new value.
Listed on the Growth Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2023

Yamaha Corporation
The Yamaha Group shares the corporate philosophy of “Creating Inspiration Together” and aims to contribute to the enrichment of the lives of people around the world through sound and music. The brand promise, “Make Waves,” expresses the moment when a customer’s heart is moved and shows our determination to deliver products and services that touch people’s hearts by further promoting the customer-oriented manufacturing that has been handed down since the company was founded in 1887.

Pico Technology Japan K.K.
Pico is a leading VR company with independent innovation and R&D capabilities focused on VR all-in-one technology Pico is committed to providing immersive and interactive VR experiences to its customers, including tailor-made solutions for corporate clients in education and healthcare The company is committed to.

SHIBUYA QWS is a base for groups that gather and work together in Shibuya, regardless of age or area of expertise. The community concept is “Scramble Society,” where chemical changes are born from interactions among groups and cross-disciplinary efforts, accelerating value-creating activities for the future.

J. Front Retailing, Inc.
J. FRONT RETAILING is a group with a wide range of business operations, including trading companies, construction and interior design, and credit financing, centered on Daimaru Matsuzakaya department stores and Parco shopping centers with stores in major cities throughout Japan.
Our group vision is to “invent new happiness” for people’s lives. Under the group vision of “Inventing New Happiness in Life,” we aim to produce a spiritually rich lifestyle and create unique towns that coexist in harmony with the local community.

Tokyu Land Corporation
Tokyu Land Corporation is promoting “PROJECT LIFE LAND SHIBUYA” in the greater Shibuya area under the concept of “Let’s start with people. Tokyu Land Corporation is promoting “PROJECT LIFE LAND SHIBUYA,” an initiative based on the concept of “Let’s start with people” in the greater Shibuya area.
Through co-creation with diverse people and businesses, and the creation of mechanisms and venues for exchange, we will create a cycle of “creation,” “transmission,” and “accumulation,” and build partnerships and alliances with people and businesses that share our vision. In the greater Shibuya area, we will enhance the attractiveness of the city from a long-term perspective.
PROJECT LIFE LAND SHIBUYA HP : https://life-land-shibuya.com
City Planning in the Greater Shibuya Area HP : https://www.tokyu-land.co.jp/urban/area/shibuya.html