Sharp Nemesis NXT


Sharp Nemesis NXT
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Role Racing aircraft
Manufacturer Air-C-Race
Designer Jon Sharp
First flight July 10, 2004
Developed from Sharp Nemesis
Developed into Rolls-Royce ACCEL
A Dan Wright build taxis at Mojave

The Sharp Nemesis NXT (which stands for "Neoteric experimental Technology")[1] is a sport-class kit-built aircraft. It is designed for air racing. It was designed by Nemesis Air Racing's president Jon Sharp, as a follow-on to the Sharp Nemesis. It is a two-seat, single engine, low wing, retractable gear kit aircraft. As designed, the aircraft is powered by a Lycoming TIO-540-NXT Thunderbolt six-cylinder engine.[2][3]

In 2011 the German company Air-C-Race became the official builder.[4]

Racing history

The prototype Nemesis NXT, race number 3x (N333XT), flown by Jon Sharp, won the 2008 Reno Air Races Sport Class championship, setting a new race record speed of 392 mph (631 km/h). During the ten-day event, Sharp set a heat record of 393 mph (632 km/h) and during the qualification, set a record of 409.297 mph (658.700 km/h), the first time a racer in this class broke the 400 mph speed barrier. Speeds of over 400 mph (640 km/h) are usually only turned in by Unlimited Class racing aircraft.[2] A second NXT, race number 42 fielded by Relentless Racing, finished fifth with an average speed in the gold race of 336.526 mph (541.586 km/h).[5]

Jon Sharp announced his retirement from Pylon Racing on August 3, 2011 as the pilot with the highest number of wins in the history of racing.


On July 30, 2008, Sharp set an FAI class C1b world record for speed over a straight 3 km (1.9 mi) course at 573.46 km/h (356.33 mph).[6]

On September 20, 2009, Sharp won the Super Sport Gold race at Reno with a speed of 407.061 mph (655.101 km/h).[7]

On September 16, 2009, Sharp qualified first with a speed of 412.554 mph (663.941 km/h) for the top spot in the Super Sport class at Reno.[7]

On September 17, 2009, Sharp set a Super Sport race record of 383.292 mph (616.849 km/h).

On September 18, 2009, Sharp beat the previous day's record with a speed of 399.336 mph (642.669 km/h).

On September 19, 2009, hit 406.051 mph (653.476 km/h), flying the first homebuilt aircraft ever to exceed 400 mph (640 km/h) average race speed on the Reno course.

On September 20, 2009 Sharp won the Super Sport Gold race at a record speed of 407.061 mph (655.101 km/h). He earned his 15th National Championship (another record) completing the "Record a Day and Two on Sunday" Reno campaign of 2009.

Jon Sharp's N333XT at Reno, 2009


Data from Nemesis NXT[8]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 23 ft (7.0 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft (7.3 m)
  • Wing area: 70 sq ft (6.5 m2)
  • Airfoil: Modified NASA NLF (Natural Laminar Flow)
  • Empty weight: 1,600 lb (726 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,600 lb (1,179 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 90 US gal (340 l; 75 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming TIO-540-NXT piston engine, 350 hp (260 kW)


  • Cruise speed: 325 mph (523 km/h, 282 kn) IAS
  • Stall speed: 90 mph (140 km/h, 78 kn) IAS
  • Rate of climb: 3,000 ft/min (15 m/s)
  • Fuel consumption: 0.369 lb/mi (0.104 kg/km)
  • Fuel consumption: 20 US gal (76 L)/h in cruise, 35 US gal (130 L)/h at Full Power
  • Take Off: 2,500 ft (760 m) @ sea level
  • Landing: 3,500 ft (1,100 m) @ sea level


  1. ^ "Relentless Air Racing Team Official Site". 2006-04-28. Archived from the original on 2006-04-28. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  2. ^ a b "History Made at Reno by Jon Sharp and Lycoming", Lycoming News Archived 2010-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al.: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 113. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  4. ^ Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 119. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  5. ^ Reno 2008 race results database, Reno Air Racing Association, archived from the original on 2008-12-05
  6. ^ FAI world record database Archived 2006-05-12 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Racing results, Reno Air Racing Association, archived from the original on 2006-10-08
  8. ^ "Nemesis NXT". Nemesis Air Race. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

External links

  • Nemesis Air Racing Official Web Site
  • Relentless Air Racing
  • Reno Air Racing Association
  • Specs
  • "Air Racer: Chasing the Dream" documentary film
  • Sport Class Air Racing Web Site