A number of burgeoning startups are vying to transform drone racing into a highly competitive, super charged and money driven enterprise. So far, people at the Drone Racing League have been able to gain the most traction among drone enthusiasts as they have been able to amass plenty of venture capital and bag number of electronic media deals.
DRL takes pride in the fact that they build their own technology. Their own drone, Racer3, is being used by all the pilots in the league and believe us, it is fast and agile. It attains a top speed of 80 mph. We should expect their engineers to be working day in and day out on ensuring that their drones reach super high speeds. This is precisely what they are doing, folks! Drone Racing League have been able to reserve a spot for themselves in the Guinness World Record with their battery powered quadcopter that reached a maximum speed of a whopping 163.5 mph.
The team claimed that they were able to hit a top speed of 179.6 mph but not of the Guinness mandated 100 meter course. Earlier prototypes reached similar sort of speeds were ended up ill-fated crashes.
For common readers, the actual specifications of RacerX might not mean much but for die-hard drone aficionados, they will be nothing but gold. It weighs around 800 grams (1.76 pounds) and is able to generate 46,000 RPMs. It has:
- 10S (24V) powertrain
- BeeRotor 80A (10S) ESCs/BLHell with multishot
- TMotor F80 2407 2500Kv
- 1300 mAh2 x 5S R-Line Tattu Lithium polymer batteries