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World's fastest drone clocked at 163 mph

World's fastest drone clocked ...
The RacerX drone was actually clocked at a top speed of 179.6 mph
The RacerX drone was actually clocked at a top speed of 179.6 mph
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An official from Guinness World Record was on hand to judge the event
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An official from Guinness World Record was on hand to judge the event
Engineers tinker with the RacerX drone
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Engineers tinker with the RacerX drone
The Drone Racing League team set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest ground speed for a remote controlled drone  
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The Drone Racing League team set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest ground speed for a remote controlled drone  
The RacerX drone runs on two 1,300 mAh lithium-polymer batteries
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The RacerX drone runs on two 1,300 mAh lithium-polymer batteries
Closeup of the RacerX drone
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Closeup of the RacerX drone
The RacerX drone was actually clocked at a top speed of 179.6 mph
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The RacerX drone was actually clocked at a top speed of 179.6 mph

While the more familiar consumer drones can reach perfectly respectable speeds of 40 mph (64 km/h) plus, racing drones are another matter entirely. These rapid quadcopters are built purely for speed, and none more so than the RacerX which just claimed a Guinness World Record for the fastest ground speed by a remote controlled drone.

The RacerX was actually hand-built by Ryan Gury, who is the Director of Product for the Drone Racing League (DRL). This Formula One-inspired competition kicked off last year and can now be seen on ESPN, including the 2017 World Championship finale on July 28.

But before it made it to ESPN, drone racing was a hobby practiced by quadcopter tinkerers and DIYers, who more often than not would custom build their machines for optimal speed and meet up at carparks and abandoned warehouses to pit them against one another.

In line with this, there was a bit of trial and error involved in building the fastest racing drone – earlier prototypes actually burst into flames. But the finished product runs on two 1,300-mAh lithium-polymer batteries, a 42 V powertrain and weighs just 800 g (1.76 lb).

An official from Guinness World Record was on hand today as Gury and his fellow DRL engineers put their machine to the test. The drone actually reached a top speed of 179.6 mph (289 km/h), but the official figure is measured as an average top speed of two flights, as the drone zips back and forth across a 100-m (328-ft) course. The RacerX now holds the title of "Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter" at 163.5 mph (263 km/h).

"We're thrilled to put our proprietary technology to the test, as we're all about speed and pushing the limits of drone design here at DRL," said Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL CEO. "The record-setting RacerX represents the culmination of years of technological innovation by our team of world class engineers, and we're very excited to unveil the fastest racing drone on earth."

You can see the record-setting flight in the video below.

Source: Drone Racing League

World's Fastest Drone | Drone Racing League

2 comments
MD
That's pretty quick, happy to see; "Battery powered remote controlled Quadcopter"(s) getting their own category, to avoid being confusd with a generic "DRONE". lol.
VincentWolf
I can see a future when flying EV cars are capable of 200+ mph. Then uber and lyft will really take off!