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Do you feel the need for FPV Drone speed? From ready-to-fly racers to custom 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 ARF FPV Drone: Diatone Crusader GT2
A combination of high performance, great flight dynamics and easy setup make the Crusader GT2 the easiest route to competitive FPV drone racing. A flight ready GT2 weighs 504g – with a claimed thrust between 900-1300g/motor, that gives the GT2 a thrust to weight ratio above 10 : 1 and a maximum speed of 89 mph or 143 kmh as verified by radar gun. The Crusader GT2 is also 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, SP3 48CH video transmitter and 4 inch props. To go flying, just add a 3-4S battery/charger, radio handset/receiver and FPV goggles (see full parts list HERE). Diatone calls the GT2 ‘Plug & Play’ because no soldering expertise is required to complete the build – just plug in the missing components. Including everything for FPV flight, the GT2 comes in at $459. Check out the insane speed of the GT2 in the video below (GoPro footage).
3rd Fastest FPV Drone: Speedy Gonzalas
On February 2nd 2017, builder and pilot Patrick Gaborik (Youtube handle ‘Wodi FPV‘) hit an insane 145 mph with the suitably named Speedy Gonzalas, confirmed with an onboard GPS Speed Meter. Some have questioned the accuracy of the Speed Meter, but at the drag strip, its readings matched official measuring equipment. The record setting drone uses a 53g U180X frame, Emax 2306 2750kv motors producing 6.75kg thrust and a 6S battery (full parts list HERE). With an all up weight of 570g, the Speedy Gonzalas boasts a thrust to weight ratio close to 12 : 1. The 6S battery delivers so much current the drone partially liquidises the solder in its electrical connections. Despite claiming the record, Patrick Gaborik thinks the Speedy Gonzalas will go faster with 6-inch props. Check out the DVR footage from the record setting run below.
2nd Fastest FPV Drone: VX1
On May 26th 2017, the VX1 built by Ryan L hit an average top speed of 152 mph (two high speed flights in opposite directions) with a maximum top speed of 154.5 mph as measured by GPS (whilst gradually climbing altitude). Despite its unusual design, Ryan comments that the VX1 is ‘very easy to fly’. The Custom 178mm carbon fibre frame provides an extremely low drag coefficient, whilst keeping the centre of gravity, thrust and pressure in alignment. The naked frame weighs only 37g with the VX1 boasting an all-up-weight of just 485g. Ryan selected Cobra CP 2207/2450 motors for the VX1, primarily for their high RPM, which he say’s is the largest factor for speed (not thrust).
The Cobras achieve higher RPM because they draw less amps (due to efficiency) than other high RPM motors (see our Fastest Motor League Table). This means the VX1 only required a 5S battery to hit 154.5 mph (the Speedy Gonzalas required a 6S battery for 145 mph). The motors produce a combined thrust of 7376g, giving the VX1 a massive thrust-to-weight ratio of 15.2. Ryan thinks a ‘sweet spot’ was hit with motor kv, rpm, props (5×4.5 APCs), and amp draw ‘mostly by luck’ to achieve the record speed, and is now finishing a 6S frame called the ‘VXV’ that could go even faster (watch this space). Although the custom frame is not available as a kit, it can be constructed from materials listed in our COMPLETE materials and parts list HERE. Watch the record setting run below.
Fastest FPV Drone: DRL Racer X
Image credit – DRL
On July 13th 2017, an official from Guinness World Records watched the Racer X by Drone Racing League (DRL) attempt a new high speed record for an FPV Racing Drone. To enter the record books, the Racer X had to fly back and forth across a 100m course, with the official record set as the average of the top speed achieved on each of those flights – the idea being the drone can’t just use tailwind to boost top speed. The Racer X reached an average top speed of 163.5 mph, with a maximum top speed of 179.3mph (indicating a significant tailwind). This was enough to earn the Racer X the title of Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-control quadcopter in the Guinness World Records.
Image credit – DRL
Ryan Gury and a supporting team of engineers chose a monster powertrain for the Racer-X, with F80 motors producing >7.55kg thrust and a 10S lipo battery pack (2x 5S Tattu R-line batteries fused together) channeling up to 80A through BeeRotor ESCs (available parts list HERE). These heavy duty components push weight up to 800g, making this the heaviest FPV racing quadcopter. However, lighter components just weren’t up to the task – early prototypes burst into flames during maximum acceleration trying to channel power from the battery. To achieve high speeds, the Racer X also required hand-built and 3D-printed parts – the carbon fibre frame of the Racer X is handmade whilst the camera is held in place by a 3D-printed mount, tilting the lens at 80 degrees (the viewing angle required when approaching 200mph). Check out footage from the record setting run below.
Fastest Circuit Racer FPV Drone: Nytfury’s ARC 200
ShaunTaylor (AKA ’Nytfury’) quit his job as a firefighter in 2016 to fly FPV full time, shortly after this he became FPV Drone Racing Champion (full story HERE). Shaun’s drone of choice is the 68g ARC 200 frame with 29g Viking 2600kv motors and super-slim Raptor 30A ESCs (full parts list HERE). Together they have won the MultiGP Championship, set the MultiGP UTT1 and UTT2 time trial World Record and qualified top at the French Drone Nationals. Although the top speed of Shaun’s drone is unknown, other ARC 200 pilot’s are reporting speeds of 75 mph or 120 kmh. With a weight of only 458g (including battery), the ARC 200 boasts greater agility than the heavier Stigg 195 or MorpheusX 195, but surprisingly the thrust to weight ratio falls short at 9 : 1. On the up side, the total parts bill is a modest $434 (including everything for flight), fantastic value for what is a championship winning racer. Check out the speed and agility the ARC 200 piloted by Nytfury below.
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 66 gram Warpquad frame (see full part list HERE). The second is a 11g KISS All-in-one chip, which combines a power distribution board, F3 flight controller and ESCs (see full part list HERE). The FPV camera and transmitter are ditched altogether, the Warpquad relying on old-school ‘line-of-site’ piloting. All this gives a total flight weight of 410g, a thrust to weight ratio of almost 15 : 1, and simply freakish agility. Without any FPV equipment, the cost of the Warpquad is also kept down to $413. The speed of the Warpquad is unconfirmed, but footage suggests this is one of the quickest drones and certainly the most accelerative drone. Check out footage of the Warpquad below (notice Quadmovr lists all parts for the Warpquad in his video titles).
Fastest Vertical Speed Drone: Gemo Copter
From german researcher Dirk Brunner, the 906g 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!