Drone racing started has an amateur sport in Australia but is quickly gaining more and more supporters around the world. Drone enthusiasts and companies look forward to invest in this new sport. We live in a new technological era which promises great development for the on-growing drone racing community. Companies strive to develop products with better features and specifications. They compete for quality and price, trying to earn their spot as a top brand in this new market. A sudden wave of both low-cost and high-cost drones is hitting the market as enthusiasts gather around drone websites and forums waiting for the newest drone racing products and updates. The drones that are used for racing aren’t the usual drones we see being flown in parks. These are high-power racing machines that go up to 140 km per hour and have no stabilization mechanisms and cannot hover. They just fly at incredible speeds, are very agile, and the crashes are great to watch. Drone racing enthusiasts can compete in two modules: FPV racing (real time video transmission through goggles or screen) and FreeStyle flying (acrobatic flights).
Drone manufacturers such as Walkera, Sky-Hero and Team BlackSheep have already designed great racing drones for this upcoming year. More speed, stronger frames, better performance, and smooth responsive flight. Companies aim to see their product winning events and stand out as the best racing drone. One of the very first drones to have succeeded at this is the multi-award winning Sky-Hero Anakin, the most prized racing drone to date. 1# in Cabourg FPV Beach, 1# 3D Cup, #1 Ircha FPV Race, #1 Okc FPV Race, 2# Drone Nationals and 4# Hobbykings FPV, all in 2015. Walkera, another big company in the market, as also realized the potential of drone racing. Therefore, already released three great racing products in the market, Walkera Runner 250, Furious 320 and F210. Aimed for racing beginners, ensuring easy assembly and powerful features and specifications. Everyone can have a go at this new sport without having to invest thousands of dollars. Put on your FPV (First Person View) Goggles, tweak your racing drone, grab your controller and be prepared for a XXI century experience.
As the drone mania grows and enthusiasts’ eager to compete, the world gives the first steps into professional drone racing. 2016 is the year of many official drone racing competitions first edition. The hobby has grown into serious world competition. Enthusiasts turn into professional drone racers, teams are formed, sponsor agreements are struck, and amazingly fast drones pierce the sky. We are talking about events such as the upcoming 2016 United States National Drone Racing Championship, which will decide USA’s First Drone Racing Champion. This National Competition awards $50.000 to the winner. The good news don’t stop here, for all the drone racing pilots and fans all over the world, there is now a Drone Racing World Championship! The Drone Racing League, a five stage tournament in which groups of drone racers compete against each other for the best scores. After the tournament stage, only the best of the best get to compete for the World Drone Racing Title. History is being made, who will be the first world champion? Or the first USA National Champion? Will other nations follow and host their own National Events? We drone enthusiasts look forward to see what the future will unveil!
Have you ever flown a racing drone? Do you own a racing drone and are you tempted to compete? Let us know in the comments.
This is a guest post from Júlio Ventura, main writer at DronesGlobe.