Here at Moto Networks, we love any and everything that is motorsports. If it has a motor in it then it’s cool to us, especially all forms of racing. Now there’s a new form of racing that didn’t exist 15 years ago, with the exception of maybe some video games. The very first World Drone Prix will be taking place in Dubai March 11th & 12th, yup that’s Drone Prix not Grand Prix. Drone racing has grown drastically in popularity recently and after watching this video of one of these drones racing against a Mclaren 650S, which happens to be part of the SuperCar Police Department of Dubai, on a course set up through and over some of the iconic landmarks of the oil rich city of Dubai.
Although you only here small audio clips of the 650S, you can tell that the driver isn’t giving it the full can of beans but its pretty obvious that they are still moving along pretty good. We couldn’t find much information as to exactly how fast these drones are, but they definitely look fast enough to be entertaining. The World Grand Prix will have a $1 million prize for the winner of the upcoming event.
Omar Alolama is the secretary general of the World Organization of Racing Drones (W.O.R.D.) and was quoted saying that “The Drone Prix will be the biggest competition of its kind in the world” and went on to say that the racing drone industry is valued at an estimated $609 million and is projected to drastically increase to over $4.5 billion by 2021. So there’s no question that there’s interest in the sport. But just like all other motorsports, you can bet it’s not going to be cheap to participate in this type of racing. Not only are the drones themselves going to be expensive, but the “pilots” use a form of virtual reality goggles that allows them to have a “first person Shooter” type POV of what the drone sees. Plus a radio controller good enough to have the sort of range required to race isn’t cheap. It’s gonna add up really quick , easily reaching into the millions in my opinion. Why else would it be a $1 million prize. You know what they say about racing “the best way to make a $1 million is to start with $2 million.”
Jump on a screen that can handle 4k video or at least the UHD setting and kick back and be blown away by this new Drone Racing. I Know I sure was.
Here’s another video showing one of the teams competing in the Drone Prix doing one of their practice sessions. Towards the end they do more “freestyle” type flying that shows the agility of the drones as well as doing some thing that you could only do if you had the FPV (first person view) like dropping through an old skylight and fling out of the house.