BMW is collaborating with the Drone Racing League (DRL) to further develop high-performance racing drones in the BMW Group wind tunnel and bring a professional drone race to BMW Welt in Germany.
DRL organizes the largest global drone racing series, the DRL Allianz World Championship, in which first-person-view pilots race custom-made DRL drones through complex courses at venues around the world. As the official partner, BMW is bringing the second-to-last race of the 2018 season to Munich on July 28, taking place at BMW Welt, an exhibition center in Munich. The race will be broadcast this fall in more than 75 countries on sports programs including Prosieben, says BMW.
Last year, DRL hand-built the DRL RacerX, which set the Guinness World Record for the fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter at a speed of 265.87 km/h. Thanks to a close collaboration with the BMW Group, DRL will now aim to break this record. Tests will take place in the wind tunnel at BMW’s Aerodynamic Test Center in Munich, allowing DRL to leverage the technological expertise of the car manufacturer.
“The partnership with DRL will enhance BMW’s racing involvement with future-oriented formats,” states Jörg Reimann, head of BMW’s international brand experience. “Drone racing is a very competitive type of racing, characterized by the interplay of extremely high-performance material and digital technology. This represents an environment in which BMW has assumed a pioneering position for many years in its core business. We are very much looking forward to this collaboration and to the new event formats that we will be developing together with our partners.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with BMW, a world-class motorsports brand with a rich legacy of innovation,” adds Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL’s CEO and founder. “We look forward to bringing the futuristic sport of drone racing to BMW Welt and putting our proprietary technology to the test to make history with BMW.”