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FPV car racing is getting kinda gnarly

FPV car racing is getting kind...
Gnarly Racers, in 3D-printed prototype form
Gnarly Racers, in 3D-printed prototype form
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Gnarly Racers, in 3D-printed prototype form
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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
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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
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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...