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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.
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.
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.
|TATTU 95C 4S BATTERY – BUY NEW
||CRUSADER GT2 200 – BUY NEW||DOMINATOR V3 GOGGLES – BUY NEW
|TURNIGY B4 CHARGER – BUY NEW
||SPEKTRUM DS8 RADIO – BUY NEW
||FPV RECEIVER MODULE – BUY NEW|
|GOPRO HERO5 SESSION – BUY NEW||SPEKTRUM RF-RECEIVER – BUY NEW|
From YouTube user 7demo7, this Morpheus X 195 self build 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 efficiency available at this power level. 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.
|F40 PRO MOTORS – BUY NEW||MORPHEUSX 195 FRAME* – BUY NEW||FT48X 5.8G FPV VTX – BUY NEW|
|RAPTOR 30A ESCs – BUY NEW||RUNCAM SWIFT 2 – BUY NEW||F3 FLIGHT BOARD – BUY NEW|
|SPEED 400 PROPS – BUY NEW||SPEKTRUM DS8 RADIO – BUY NEW||TATTU 95C 4S BATTERY – BUY NEW|
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.
|XNOVA 2206 MOTORS – BUY NEW||STIGG 195 FRAME* – BUY NEW||TARANIS X9D PLUS – BUY NEW
|LITTLEBEE 30A ESCs – BUY NEW||HS1177 FPV CAMERA – BUY NEW||SERIOUSLY DODO F3 – BUY NEW|
|DALPROP 5040 PROPS – BUY NEW||HAWKEYES 200MW VTX – BUY NEW||TURNIGY 6S 1300MAH – BUY NEW|
From german researcher Dirk Brunner, the Gemo Copter recorded a 119 mph or 189 kmh ascent speed, thats right, 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!
Youtube user ‘Quadmovr’ has maximised acceleration by minimising weight, opting for a super-light 66 gram Warpquad frame and ditching the FPV equipment. The Warpquad demonstrates 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. Quadmover list all parts for the Warpquad in his video titles – wire everything together and you can take to the skies with this amazing machine. Check out a flight demonstration below.
|T2 2600KV MOTORS – BUY NEW||WARP-QUAD FRAME* – BUY NEW||TURNIGY 4S 1300MAH – BUY NEW
|HQ 5X5X4 PROPS – BUY NEW
||KISS CC* – BUY NEW
||SPEKTRUM DS8 RADIO – BUY NEW|
Looking for a drone for your kid? Or maybe a drone for your inner kid? Its likely you want a drone that includes everything for flight, is tough enough to withstand your kids crashes and won’t seriously hurt anyone. FPV Drone Reviews has found the 5 best drones for the job, from the micro-sized Hubsan Q4 to the capable Parrot Bebop. Compare drones side by side then read on for the detail.
The Hubsan Q4 is perhaps the best first drone at any age, sharing the same flight controls and dynamics as larger drones but with a price of only $20. The Q4 includes everything for beginners flight – a controller, a propellor guard, a spare set of propellors and the drone itself. Measuring only 45mm diagonal with a weight of only 11.5g, the Q4 can cause little harm to bystanders or objects and is capable of surviving repeated crashes by your kids.
Claimed to be the ‘Worlds Smallest Drone’, the Q4 uses a simple circuit board chassis with all components fully integrated. The Q4 has surprising speed, a 30m range and 5 minute flight time. The miniature Q4 is a great indoor drone and also performs well outdoors in light to moderate wind. The Q4 can easily be recharged quickly using a USB charger. Watch this test flight of the Q4 by reviewer Quadcopter 101.
This is a great camera drone for beginner to intermediate flyers, enclosed propellors protecting the drone from collisions with objects and the ground. In fact, the 818A has been described as a ‘Crash Resistant Camera Drone’ by reviewer Quadcopter 101. Headless Mode and a ‘Return-Home’ button help your kids and claw back of the drone during challenging conditions. Once confidence has quickly been built, your kids can then easily perform flips with the 818A.
The 818A camera drone features a 720P HD camera sensor with removable 4GB microSD card, generating great video footage thanks to stable flight. With two swappable battery packs included, you can make the most of the camera with up to 18 minutes flight time. Moreover, with a range closer to 100m than the stated 40m, you can survey a lot of territory. The only thing missing is FPV mode, but your kids might not mind. Check out this flight test of the 818A.
The X5HW is an FPV drone, using WIFI to transmit footage from its onboard 2 megapixel camera camera to your mobile device. This is the first Syma to feature ‘Altitude-Hold’, which as the name suggests allows you to maintain altitude at a chosen level. This is particularly helpful for FPV flying, allowing your kids to focus more attention on avoiding objects. The X5HW also features ‘Headless-Mode’, helping both kids and adults maintain control of the camera drone in challenging conditions.
The X5HW is a stable camera drone with 5-7 minutes flight time, 30-50m range and weight below 250g, making this camera drone exempt from FAA registration. The X5HW is also perfectly capable of performing flips if your kids are feeling confident or brave. It is very hard to find a better drone for $54. See how the X5HW performs in this flight test by Quadcopter 101.
This featherweight camera drone packs lots of features. Firstly, the X4 H107D+ features FPV, but unlike similar drones, FPV footage and flight control are transmitted on different frequencies. The benefit of this is a much higher FPV range. The X4 H107D+ also features Altitude Hold, Headless Mode and a 2 megapixel 720P HD video camera.
The X4 H107D+ camera drone has a flight time of 7 minutes, automatically descending to a gentle landing at battery depletion. Control distance is between 50-100m, with FPV range slightly shorter at 30-60m depending on battery level. The X4 H107D+ camera drone’s compact size also means it is exempt from FAA registration. With the H107D+, Hubsan have shrunk the size without sacrificing features. This makes H107D+ the perfect camera drone for kids trying to reach the next level of drone flying. Check out the H107D+ in action below.
There’s almost nothing you can’t do with the Bebop, but this is also a very durable and easy to fly drone – perfect for kids. The Bebop is constructed from ABS plastic, which is heat-resistant, lightweight and impact-resistant (the same material as Legos and safety helmets). The ABS plastic is further reinforced with glass fibre to ensure maximum durability. The Bebop generates surprising performance from four brushless motors, giving a top speed of 30 mph in horizontal flight, which is sure to get your kids excited! The Bebop comes with a wide range of sensors to maintain great stability – a 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ultrasound sensor (8 meters range), barometer and vertical camera to track speed. A great feature of the Bebop is its built-in HD 14MP camera, recording in 1920 x 1080p resolution with 30 frames per second and 3800 x 3188 pixels for photos with a 180º lense that is dust and splash proof.
The Bebop is controlled using a tablet or smartphone using a special app (Free Flight 3). With this app you can control the Bebop quad, adjust camera angle, record video or take pictures, program auto-pilot flights, upload videos and photos instantly to Youtube and Facebook, among other features. While doing this you have First Person View of the image directly to your mobile device. No need to have your eyes on the quad when flying it, sit down, look to your screen, watch what your drone is watching and control it. It has 8GB of internal memory, so a lot of room for your kids video and photo files.
Thanks to a built-in GPS system there are even more fun features of the Bebop drone. Set a starting point to determine which altitude you want the Bebop to automatically fly to at the beginning of flight. The Return-to-Home function means you never have to worry about losing the Bebop – it can return to the point where it began flight with a single click. Watch the Bebop in action below.
Ever wanted to build your own FPV Racing Circuit? Maybe you’re inspired to recreate the glowing Phoenix Cup circuit or you just want to push your FPV Racing skills to the limit dodging Flags. Here we have collected the best FPV Racing Air Gates (and Flags) so you can do just that. These Air Gates and Flags are truly huge – the biggest Air Gate measures 10 x 6 ft and the largest Flag stands tall at 11.5 ft. Compare dimensions and prices for FPV Racing Air Gates (and Flags) side by side, then read on to learn more about our favourite FPV Racing Air Gate.
Measuring 10 feet across and 6 feet high, the LED Drone Racing Air Gate from ‘The Drone Circuit’ gives you plenty of space to pass competitors or find new racing lines. The built-in LED lights can sustain 6 hours at full brightness or 20 hours illumination in dusk or dark conditions, all using just 8 AA batteries. A thick fibre-glass pole keeps the FPV Racing Air Gate standing and is fully collapsible, allowing you to quickly pack away the FPV Racing Air Gate into its carry bag (included). At $70, the Racing Air Gate is not the cheapest option, but for its size and features, we think this FPV Racing Air Gate provides great value.
What makes the best FPV Drone Racing Motor? Its easy to generate more thrust with a bigger motor but this will be heavier, require a heavier battery, larger ESCs and a bigger frame. The top racing motors use the best motor technology to add more thrust without adding more weight. Using data compiled by MINI QUAD TEST BENCH, we have identified drone racing motors that reach the highest thrust levels required for competitive FPV drone racing, but keep the weight down low, letting you fly better, faster, longer. Motors are first ranked by net-thrust (motor-thrust minus motor-weight) and second by efficiency (motor-thrust to motor-weight ratio), allowing you to select the right racing motor for your speed and endurance needs. Are you ready for 7 kg (15.4 lbs) of racing thrust? Are you ready for a thrust-to-weight ratio of 60:1? You better be.
All thrust figures for T-motor, Cobra and EMAX drone racing motors were measured with a Turnigy Thrust Stand by MINI QUAD TEST BENCH. Thrust figures are unverified for DJI. King Kong 6×4 Dual Blade propellors were used with T-motor F40 Pro, F60 V2, F60 Pro, F80, BrotherHobby R4, T2, and EMAX RS2205-S. HQ 6×4.5 Tri Blade propellors were used with Cobra Champion and T-motor F80 drone racing motors. 5048S 5×4.8 Tri Blade Quick-release propellors were used for the DJI E305 drone racing motor. An exploded-view of the T-motor F80 is shown below, which produces 7.4kg of net thrust (4x motors).