Drone racing is exciting in its own right, but for spectators the sport still can’t quite match the horsepower and top speeds of auto racing — or can it? Nissan’s GT-R drone, designed and built by Tornado XBlades Racing, can hit a top speed of 185km per hour. It can accelerate from zero to 96km in under 1.3 seconds.
Piloted by James Bowles, the 2015 British National Drone Racing champion, the Nissan GT-R drone is powered by four 2000kV XNova motors mounted to a reinforced quadcopter frame designed specifically for racing. It’s a good thing an expert like James was at the controls, because without any shrouding around the its propellers (to reduce weight and for maximum power) getting hit by an out-of-control 185km/h drone would be beyond painful.