The GT-R Drone is one of the fastest accelerating FPV (first person view) racing drones in the world right now. Built to be able to keep up with the new 2017 Nissan GT-R while filming on the track, the drone features the very latest in performance-enhancing technology, just like its automotive equivalent.
Custom-designed by World Drone Prix champions, Tornado XBlades Racing, the GT-R Drone uses a special race-tuned configuration and low-drag canopy to reach 100km/h from a standstill in just 1.3 seconds.
To show off the talents of both machines, the GT-R Drone took on the roadgoing supercar around the challenging Silverstone circuit.
Both machines use incredible technology and engineering to extract maximum performance, both in a straight line and through corners. The GT-R car transfers power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 24-valve V6 to all four wheels, while the GT-R Drone delivers incredible acceleration via four propellers mated with 2000kV XNova motors and a race-specification Sky-Hero quadcopter frame.
The race saw Nissan Nismo driver Ricardo Sanchez take the wheel of the new GT-R, with 2015 British National Drone Racing champion James Bowles piloting the GT-R Drone around a purpose-built 1.93km course at Silverstone.
The new 2017 GT-R represents the most significant changes to the car since the R35 model was first introduced in 2007. Unlike the drone, the GT-R features new aerodynamic features, which are designed to keep it firmly on the ground.
While the drone can out-accelerate the coupe, wheels soon catch up with rotors, because the GT-R Drone has a top speed of approximately 185km/h, versus 315km/h for the European-specification sports car.
But even the incredible four-wheel-drive system of the GT-R can’t match the ultimate agility of the drone, which has a turning circle of just 0.3 of a metre. Its custom setup allows it to perform heart-stopping manoevures with incredible precision and agility.
Read about the 2017 Nissan GT-R.