The Drone Racing League (DRL) says it has set a Guinness World Records title for the fastest ground speed by a battery-powered, remote-controlled quadcopter.
Hand-built by DRL’s director of product, Ryan Gury, and DRL’s team of drone engineers, the DRL RacerX drone zooms at a top speed of 179.6 mph and weighs 800 grams (1.76 pounds),
In order to set the world record, the drone needed to fly back and forth across a measurement course of 100 meters (328 feet). The official speed measured for the title was 163.5 mph, the average of the top speed achieved on each of the flights.
Gury flew the drone along a field in the state of New York and clocked in at the record speed while a Guinness World Records adjudicator was on-site to verify the attempt. Earlier, due to the amount of power applied, prototypes of the drone burst into flames when the aircraft hit its highest point of acceleration, says DLR.
“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,” says Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL’s CEO and founder. “The record-setting RacerX 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.”