Now there are more and more racing on the world, and drone racing is quickly becoming a popular sport around the world, you can’t miss it if you are into flying multirotors or FPV. About drone racing, it is mainly talking about FPV drone racing. It doesn’t matter if you are piloting or just watching the race, anyone who takes it seriously doesn’t look at the drone from a distance, but instead they put on video goggles or use monitors to watch from the aircraft’s perspective.
Flying a quadcopter is the most surreal experience I ever had. You can go anywhere in 3D space, what you can do is totally up to your imagination.
Some say drone racing is a bit like a video games, apart from it’s real. In a game you can just restart after a crash, but in the real world if you crash you will have to do the ‘walk of shame’ and pick it up yourself. If anything is damaged you need to repair it. You can choose your own parts, upgrade your drone to fly faster, tune it like on a racing car so it flies better. Everything is highly customizeable.
History of Mini Quad Racing
The explosion of this racing aspect of the hobby has to go back to the development of “mini quad”. Before that people were mainly flying larger 450mm sized quadcopters and hexecopters.
The 450 quadcopters are heavier, and they lack the agility and durability (in crashes) compared to a racing smaller 250mm size mini quad. Mini quad are made for crashing, so even when you crash you can usually just pick it up and fly again within seconds. This gives pilots the confidence, and allows them to fly faster, through smaller gaps, and pushing their limits to the next level.
The numbers 250, 450 etc, is the diagonal motor to motor distance, basically that indicates the size of the multicopter.
Since then, we’ve seen huge progress in the horse power of these mini quad, increasing propeller sizes, higher LiPo battery voltage, larger motors… Some insane power to weight ratios of over 10:1 is becoming possible, turning these little toys into insane rockets, which are capable of reaching 80 miles/hour (~125Km/hr).
Drone Racing Championship Aloha Cup:
The Aloha Cup is the last, official qualifier event for the World Drone Racing Championships tour across 37 Countries in 2016. It’s your final chance to qualify for the individual, freestyle and wing categories. It will be located in the Iconic main field of the World Championships at Kualoa Ranch.
The top ten winning individual pilots will advance into the Championship mains along with the top 10 of the Freestyle and Wing winners.