RacerX: World’s Fastest Drone Soars at 289 Kilometers per Hour

Hans-Martin Durst Autor, Hemd & Hoodie

According to the Guinness Book of Records, RacerX is the fastest remote-controlled quadcopter in the world — and it could be set to make drone racing even more spectacular.

The howling noise that RacerX makes during flight is reminiscent of a Formula 1 engine and demonstrates what this drone is all about: speed. After hitting a top speed of 289 kilometers per hour, the flying machine has made its way into the Guinness Book of Records. That makes the drone, which weighs in at just 800 grams, officially the fastest battery-powered, remote-controlled quadcopter in the world.

“RacerX represents the pinnacle of years of technical development carried out by our team of world-class engineers,” explains Nicholas Horbaczewski, founder and chief executive of the Drone Racing League (DRL). In order to qualify for the record, a DRL pilot had to fly the quadcopter along a 100-meter track in front of a Guinness official. Since both the outbound and return journey counted, the top speeds from both trips were used to calculate the average. That gave an official record of 263 kilometers per hour.

Piloting RacerX from a First-Person Perspective

Steering drones by sight from the ground can be tricky at high speeds, which is why RacerX is equipped with an on-board camera. This relays an image to the pilot’s video glasses, allowing them to steer the drone from a first-person perspective. This technology is a common method of piloting racing drones and is used in other DRL models. This means that pilots in competitions don’t need to have the entire course in view to avoid the various obstacles.

The camera in the center of RacerX helps the pilot steer the drone.
The camera in the center of RacerX helps the pilot steer the drone. Image: RacerX – Drone Racing League

Thanks to Intel RealSense 3D cameras, drones such as the Yuneec Typhoon H have been able to pilot themselves for some time now. However, part of the appeal that racing holds for its growing number of spectators is the chance of seeing some spectacular collisions. With its high speeds, RacerX could raise these expectations even further in the future. In contrast to Formula 1, where striving to achieve new fastest laps puts the drivers themselves at risk, all quadrocopter pilots need to worry about is destroying the flying devices and courses.

Cover photo: RacerX – Drone Racing League

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