Games

FPV car racing is getting kinda gnarly

Gnarly Racers, in 3D-printed prototype form
Gnarly Racers, in 3D-printed prototype form
View 3 Images
Gnarly Racers, in 3D-printed prototype form
1/3
Gnarly Racers, in 3D-printed prototype form
Each Gnarly Racer is 2.5 inches tall by 5 inches long (6.4 x 12.7 cm), has a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), a radio range of 250 ft (76 m) and can run for over 15 minutes per charge of its 200-mah battery
2/3
Each Gnarly Racer is 2.5 inches tall by 5 inches long (6.4 x 12.7 cm), has a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), a radio range of 250 ft (76 m) and can run for over 15 minutes per charge of its 200-mah battery
A kit containing a car, controller, and FPV goggle/monitor combo is available now via the Gnarly Racers Indiegogo page
3/3
A kit containing a car, controller, and FPV goggle/monitor combo is available now via the Gnarly Racers Indiegogo page

Perhaps you like the idea of FPV (first-person view) drone racing, but you're a little uncomfortable with the thought of piloting a rapidly-moving quadcopter through the air. If you are, then maybe FPV car racing would be more to your liking. Although hobbyists have been doing it on a DIY basis for years, there's a relatively low-priced new kit that contains everything you need.

Made by Morris Innovations (who previously brought us the Vidius VR drone), Gnarly Racers are 1/36-scale radio-controlled race cars that come complete with an onboard 5.8-ghz video camera. It transmits video live to the included video monitor and FPV goggles.

Each car is 2.5 inches tall by 5 inches long (6.4 x 12.7 cm), has a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), a radio range of 250 ft (76 m) and can run for over 15 minutes per charge of its 200-mah battery – a complete charge takes less than 45 minutes.

Each Gnarly Racer is 2.5 inches tall by 5 inches long (6.4 x 12.7 cm), has a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), a radio range of 250 ft (76 m) and can run for over 15 minutes per charge of its 200-mah battery
Each Gnarly Racer is 2.5 inches tall by 5 inches long (6.4 x 12.7 cm), has a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), a radio range of 250 ft (76 m) and can run for over 15 minutes per charge of its 200-mah battery

Users can choose between an automatic mode in which they just pull the controller's trigger to go, or a manual mode in which they get better performance by shifting gears. Up to eight of the cars can be raced against each other at a time, without any interference occurring.

A kit containing a car, controller, and FPV goggle/monitor combo is available now via the Gnarly Racers Indiegogo page, for a pledge of US$187. Assuming the product reaches production, shipping is estimated for August. The planned retail price is $249.95.

You can see the cars in action, along with footage from their onboard cameras, in the video below.

Source: Indiegogo

Gnarly Racers - Tiny, First Person View, Ready-to-Race R/C Cars

1 comment
RoGuE_StreaK
"a manual mode in which they get better performance by shifting gears"; really? Sure about that? Looks EXTREMELY similar to the WLToys L939, which is a fantastic little car for US$25, in which case the "5 speeds" is actually just a speed limiter; like dual-rates, but well, five rates. Great for teaching kids to drive, but by no stretch of the imagination could it be seen as "manual shifting". I've chucked an AUD$25 eachine TX03 AIO cam on mine...
Thanks for reading our articles. Please consider subscribing to New Atlas Plus.
By doing so you will be supporting independent journalism, plus you will get the benefits of a faster, ad-free experience.