Do you feel the need for FPV Drone speed? Starting with ready to fly racers and finishing with one-off record breakers, for 2017 we have collected the fastest FPV Racing Drones together, side by side. Compare drones on our leaderboard, learn how each drone uses its own approach in pursuit of speed, and see each FPV racing drone in action.
Fastest Ready-To-Fly Teal Drone
Launched by teenager George Matus, the sleek looking Teal drone claims to be the ‘World’s Fastest Production Drone’ with a claimed speed of 85 mph or 137 kmh and a thrust to weight ratio of 4.8 : 1. The highlight of the Teal drone is the onboard ‘Super-Computer’, which allows image recognition, machine learning and third party Apps to be developed specifically for the drone. The Teal drone boasts a 13 megapixel camera, recording 4K 24fps, 1080p 30fps or 720p 60fps footage. FPV footage is transmitted at 720P to either your handset or FPV headset. The Teal drone has a one mile range if you specify the 2.4ghz transmitter and a flight time of 20 minutes if you opt for the high endurance battery. The Teal drone is also stable in winds up to 40mph, resistant to to rain or snow, and capable of flips or rolls. Check out this flight test of the Teal Drone.
Fastest Part-Build Diatone Crusader GT2
A combination of low weight, high power and great flight dynamics make the Crusader GT2 the easiest route to competitive FPV drone racing. The GT2 Racing Drone comes in 3 sizes: 150, 175 and 200mm frame, with the 150mm frame boasting a maximum speed of 89 mph or 143 kmh as verified by radar gun with a chassis constructed from one piece of 5mm carbon. The Crusader GT2 is somewhat of a hybrid – you can go racing but also carry a GoPro Hero Session camera to capture high speed laps in 4K resolution (shown below). The partly built GT2 includes a D-Link F3 flight controller, Power Distribution Board or ‘PDB’, 30A BLHeli_S ESCs, D-Silver 2205 2480KV competitive motors, a HS1177 700TVL SONY camera, an SP3 48CH video transmitter and 4 inch props.
To complete the GT2 Racing Drone for FPV flying, the competitive pilot need only add a 3-4S battery, charger, receiver, radio handset, FPV goggles and FPV receiver module. Diatone calls the GT2 ‘Plug & Play’ because no soldering or electrical expertise is required to complete the build – just plug in the missing components and off you go. For FPV racing, the GT2 provides much better value than the Teal drone, and if 89 mph is fast enough for you, the GT2 is far easier to construct than the full self-builds reaching 128 mph. This formula has proved a huge success, Diatone struggling to meet demand for a drone described by UAVfutures as ‘Perfection’. Check out the insane speed of the 175mm frame Diatone Crusader GT2 in the flight test video below, with footage recorded by an onboard GoPro camera.
Fastest Self Build Morpheus X 195
From YouTube user 7demo7, this self-build based on a Morpheus X 195 frame reached 125 mph as verified by radar gun. Whats so special about the setup of this Racing Drone? The Morpheus X frame has vented arms to aid heat dissipation from the ESCs whilst four F40 Pro motors from T-motor give a combined thrust of over 7 kg (15.4 lb) and the highest power ratio in our Racing Motor League Table. 7demo7 explains more about the story of the 125 mph FPV Racing Drone and the danger of capturing top speed using a radar gun below.
Fastest Stigg 195
From Catalyst Machineworks, the ‘Stigg 195’ Racing Drone recorded a 128 mph or 206 kmh top speed, as verified by radar gun. This speed has been put to good use in competition, the Stigg storming to victory in the Multi GP regional qualifier in Carlton Oregon. The key to this speed is frame design – every frame must have arms that run from the central body to the motors, but these arms block thrust generated by the propellors. The arms of the 120 gram Stigg 195 frame are tilted to follow the direction of thrust whilst the ESCs are moved off the arms on to the body. Together this reduces resistance 10-fold giving the Stigg 195 Racing Drone a huge NET thrust to weight ratio and the highest speed recorded. Check out the top speed video below.
Fastest Vertical Speed Gemo Copter
From german researcher Dirk Brunner, the Gemo Copter recorded a 119 mph or 189 kmh ascent speed. Let me repeat that – 119mph straight up! In the process, it claimed the Guinness world record for fastest 100m ascent by a drone (3.871 seconds). Dirk Brunner has perfected this drone over 20 years, immersing himself in mathematical models, physical models, software and component testing, all in the name of speed. Dirk went so far as to test most components to destruction in carefully controlled ‘stress-tests’. The most difficult part of creating this record-breaker Dirk says was finding the best combination of motors and propellors. Dirk Brunner now offers a consultancy service, helping anyone with deep enough pockets to develop their own extreme drone. Check out this video of the record setting run!
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Fastest acceleration Warpquad
Youtube user ‘Quadmovr’ has maximised acceleration for the Warpquad by drastically cutting weight with specialised components, or ditching components altogether. The first trick component is a super-light 66 gram Warpquad frame. The second is a lightweight KISS CompactCTRL CC All-in-one chip, which combines a power distribution board, F3 flight controller and ESCs. The FPV camera and transmitter are ditched altogether, the Warpquad relying on old-school ‘line-of-site’ piloting. All this weight reduction gives the Warpquad freakish agility, Quadmovr facing accusations of ‘fast-forwarding’ the video. Although Quadmovr has not recorded the speed of the Warpquad, video footage suggests that this is one of the quickest drones and almost certainly the most accelerative drone. Quadmovr lists all parts for the Warpquad in his video titles, letting you take to the skies with this remarkable machine. Check out a flight demonstration below.