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.
Fastest Speed – Stigg 195
From Catalyst Machineworks, the ‘Stigg 195’ recorded a 128.1 mph or 206 kmh top speed, as verified by radar gun during a controlled test. 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 all to do with frame design – every frame must have arms that run from the centre to the motors, but these arms block thrust generated by the propellors. The arms of the Stigg 195 are tilted to follow the direction of thrust, reducing resistance 10-fold. All this gives the Stigg 195 a huge NET thrust to weight ratio, and most importantly, HUGE speed.
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Fastest acceleration – Warpquad
To minimise weight and maximise acceleration for the Warpquad, youtube user ‘Quadmovr’ has ditched the FPV camera and transmitter. 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 by far the most accelerative drone. Quadmover lists all parts for the Warpquad in his video titles, which are available from Flyduino. As long as you have the enthusiasm and expertise to complete this self-build, you too can take to the skies with this amazing machine.
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Fastest Ready-To-Fly #3 Walkera Furious 320
The ‘Furious’ tilts its propellors forwards to allow improved aerodynamics in forward flight, providing rapid forward acceleration in video tests, minimal drag and a top speed of 75 mph or 120 kmh. The ‘Furious’ also excels at low speed with very stable flight. Carbon fibre construction makes this a very tough quadcopter. The ‘Furious’ includes a recording 1080p FPV camera, on screen display, and a huge battery, giving a flight time of 9-10 minutes. However, all of this makes the ‘Furious’ a heavy quadcopter at 1100g so high speed turns require extra space compared to quadcopters of lower weight.
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Fastest Ready-To-Fly #2 Teal Drone
Launched by teenager George Matus, the sleek looking Teal drone claims to be the ‘World’s Fastest Production Drone’ with a speed of 85 mph or 136.8 kmh. While this claim is not supported by our research, video indicates this is a rapid drone, aided by a high thrust to weight ratio of 4.8:1. Teal makes a lot of fuss about the drones onboard computing power, allowing you to develop your own apps for the drone. The Teal drone also 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 quadcopter 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 and will perform flips rolls and dives if desired.
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Fastest Ready-To-Fly #1 Eachine Falcon 250
Boasting a top speed of 93.2 mph or 150 kmh and price below $400, the ‘Falcon’ offers the highest speed and one of the lowest prices. Unsurprisingly, demand for the ‘Falcon’ has outstripped supply, with limited stocks repeatedly ‘sold-out’. The Falcon has its motors tilted 10 degrees, which provides extra speed but means the Falcon constantly drifts forwards in video tests. High quality construction means the Falcon can survive repeated crashes. The Falcon includes a 700TVL HD camera with 5.8ghz FPV system and 2.4ghz transmitter. A cleverly designed stabilising plate reduces vibrations to the FPV camera, but is vulnerable during high speed crashes.
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