The record stands at 163.5 miles per hour.

Drones are everywhere right now. They’re buzzing about capturing high-definition video of scenic, awe-inspiring landscapes, creeping on unsuspecting beachgoers, and causing a ruckus for airports and security personnel around the world. The decreasing price of technology is putting these high-flying machines in the hands of just about anybody who wants one – for better or worse. With the new technology comes competition, spurred on by the Drone Racing League, which set a record last year for the fastest drone, recording a speed of 163.5 miles per hour. Not bad for a drone that weighs just 1.76 pounds (800 grams).

Now, the Drone Racing League is looking to break its record. To do so, the racing league is teaming up with BMW. The German automaker will provide its technical expertise and access to its wind tunnel at its Aerodynamic Test Center.

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“The partnership with DRL will enhance BMW’s racing involvement with future-oriented formats,” says Jörg Reimann, Head of BMW 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.”

The sport has gained popularity in the last few years. The league has even signed a deal with ESPN. Whenever there is some new technology that can be raced, there should be little doubt people will get together to see who has the better drone and skills.

 

 

"We're thrilled to be partnering with BMW, a world-class motorsports brand with a rich legacy of innovation,” said DRL CEO and founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski. ”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.”

While the partnership between the two companies is cool, we doubt BMW will dive into the drone business anytime soon.

Source: BMW, Engadget

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BMW Brings The Drone Racing League To BMW Welt In Munich

MUNICH – Innovative technology, action-packed racing and international championships: more and more people around the world are discovering a passion for drone racing. BMW is collaborating with the Drone Racing League (DRL), an international, premier drone racing circuit, to further develop high-performance racing drones in the BMW Group wind tunnel and bring a professional drone race to BMW Welt.

Jörg Reimann, Head of BMW International Brand Experience, said: “The partnership with DRL will enhance BMW’s racing involvement with future-oriented formats. 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.”

DRL organizes one of the largest global drone racing series, the DRL Allianz World Championship, in which elite FPV (First Person View) pilots race custom-made DRL drones through complex, three-dimensional courses in iconic venues across the world. As the Official Partner, BMW is bringing the penultimate race of the 2018 season to Munich on July 28, taking place at BMW Welt. The race will be broadcast this autumn in more than 75 countries on leading sports programs including Prosieben.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with BMW, a world-class motorsports brand with a rich legacy of innovation. 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,” said DRL CEO and founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski.

Last year, DRL hand-built the DRL RacerX, the fastest racing drone on earth, which set the Guinness World RecordTM 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 the Aerodynamic Test Center with this ambitious goal in mind, allowing DRL to leverage the technological expertise of the car manufacturer.