Pilots racing each other with their drones and FPV goggles has grasped the interest of a huge number of people across the globe, in well over 30 countries. In order to maximize their potential, a delicate balance of power and weight comes into play, with different specifications depending on the race style and track.
The same thing is true for just about every type of race you can think of. Cars, boats, even the material used on the swimsuits for competitive swimmers gets modified in some way or another to boost performance. However, it isn’t often that you get to see a drone capable of reaching speeds upwards of 115 miles per hour racing against a Nissan GT-R.
Now, obviously a car would blow a drone out of the water when it comes to more open courses, so the folks over at Nissan kept the corners tight to provide interesting promotional material.
Tornado XBlades Racing, world champions in the drone arena, designed the quadcopter, giving it the power it needed to reach its high speeds while keeping it at just about 700 grams.
But there also brings around the question of “Why would anyone do this in the first place?” Obviously, Nissan is more interested in the ‘Car’ side of things, and they probably aren’t currently looking at the competetive drone racing scene. According to the car manufacturer, They needed to design a drone that could keep up to their GT-R for the amazing camera shots that they can only get through drones.
This brings us to an interesting side of drone racing that I personally hadn’t even considered. High powered drones that can do this kind of promotional material are becoming more and more in demand, as are the pilots required to make the maneuvers. Even if drone racing falls to the wayside, these kinds of promotional events will always be popular.
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