Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japans second-largest automotive company, is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This year, the company unveiled one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world, the GT-R Drone.
The showstopper was designed by World Drone Prix Champions, Tornado XBlades Racing, with the aim to be able to keep up with the new 2017 Nissan GT-R while filming on the track.
Just like the Nissan GT-R, the GT-R Drone features the very latest in performance-enhancing technology. In addition, the drone uses a ‘special race tuned configuration and low-drag canopy to reach 100kph from a standstill in just 1.3 seconds’ (Nissan News, 23/06/2016). Nissan News mentions that the drone can out accelerate the car however ‘wheels soon catch up with rotors’. The GT-R Drone has a top speed of approx. 185kph, while the GT-R has a top speed of 315kph.
Nissan News state that the drone “can out accelerate the car” however the wheels soon catch up with the rotors (so the GT-R wins!). In addition, the agility of the drone, gives the drone a turning circle of just 0.3 meters, while its custom setup allows the drone to move with incredible precision and speed (23/06/2016).
A race between the Nissan GT-R and the GT-R Drone took place at Silverstone Circuit, England. See video below.