In Distance you got thruster. So in theory you have full air controll but they are mostly for short corrections or when you are flying. Yupp you can fly but not always only in sections where it is enabled.
Dont know what a anti gravity racer feels like but have to pay attention to where is up and down. Sometimes you dont realize that your driving under the track and slow down to much which resultes in falling off the track (= dying and respawing)
If go fast uphill its possible to lift off so you have to slow down or use thrusters. The faster you go the slower the car moves which is kinda realistic.
But distance is one of those games where the track is always 100% flat. So there is no suspension. Its not possible to crash into other racers but the tracks can be dangerous enough. Its basicly a survival trick racer and even more futuristic than grip. A mix of tron and grip.
Heres a very nice official level Monolith
(i die many times in one run you will see why)
and one of the many awesome community levels
A great thing about distance is that you have a lot of controll, you always can do better and its never up to luck.