The Drone Racing League Built the World’s Fastest Drone and Has the Guinness Record to Prove It
On Friday, the Drone Racing League tested out a new racing drone that it claimed was the world’s fastest quadcopter ever built. The league, eager to create actual evidence around that claim, invited official representatives of the Guinness World Records to check out their new DRL RacerX. Hand-built by DRL Director of Product Ryan Gury and DRL’s team of drone engineers, the drone flies at ridiculously fast speeds.
It was a success. DRL and its RacerX drone officially hold the title “Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter.”
According to DRL’s press release, the RacerX achieved mid-air speeds of up to 179.6 milers per hour, making it the fastest drone ever built. It’s aided by a body that weighs just 800 grams or roughly 1.76 pounds. Additionally, the DRL RacerX has specs that include 46,000 RPMs, 10S (42V) Powertrain, and 1,300 man Lithium Polymer batteries.
“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,” Nicholas Horbaczewski, Drone Racing League CEO/Founder, said in a statement. “The record-setting Racer X 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.”
To achieve the Guinness World Records mark, DRL explained that their RacerX needed to fly back and forth across a measurement four of 100 meters. The official record is determined as the average of the top speeds achieved on each of those flights. The top speed achieved was 179.6 miles per hour, but the average speed, which will count as the official speed for the Guinness World Records title, is 163.5 miles per hour.
In its statement, the Drone Racing League did note that previous attempts to achieve the record speed were marred by prototypes of the drone that burst into flames when hitting its highest point of acceleration. DRL blamed the amount of power that was being applied.
The world record was achieved ahead of the 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship finale, which airs on ESPN on July 28 at 9 p.m.