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Watch a Terrifyingly Fast 115 MPH Drone Race a Sports Car

Drone racing is exciting in its own right, but for spectators the sport still can’t quite match the horsepower and top speeds of auto racing—or can it? Nissan’s GT-R drone, designed and built by Tornado XBlades Racing, can hit a top speed of 115 miles per hour. It can accelerate from zero to sixty in under 1.3 seconds.

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Piloted by James Bowles, the 2015 British National Drone Racing champion, the Nissan GT-R drone is powered by four 2000kV XNova motors mounted to a reinforced quadcopter frame designed specifically for racing. It’s a good thing an expert like James was at the controls, because without any shrouding around the its propellers (to reduce weight and for maximum power) getting hit by an out-of-control 115 mph drone would be beyond painful.

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DISCUSSION

Stop calling them “drones” it’s not autonomous, just a fast quadcopter flown remotely by a human with FPV goggles.