The popularity of drones has exploded and is projected to continue to grow. The uses for drones have expanded from the military and into civilian life as farmers, photographers and videographers, and hobbyists have incorporated the use of drones as well.
Drone racing started as an amateur sport in Australia, but has turned into a professional sport with the introduction of the Drone Racing League (DRL). The DRL is a five stage competition where racers compete against each other in five stages to go on to race in the Drone Racing World Championship to be held later this year.
Drone racing is quickly gaining popularity and is known for its high speeds and crashes. Whether you want to experience the adrenaline rush or drone racing as a hobby or have your sights set on the World Championship, here are three racing drones for you to consider.
Anakin Club Racer
SkyHero offers the Anakin Club Racer in both the 215mm and 260mm frame sizes, each available as an ARF or Naked Frame. The ARF model comes with competition electronics needing little more than your radio system, video transmittor and battery to get you in the air.
The A-frame design gives it supreme durability compared to other machines.
The top-of-the-line electronics included with the ARF models isn’t your standard RTF fair. The Club Racer is equipped with high performance XNOVA motors, LITTLEBEE 20A ESCs, a CC3D flight controller and a Sony 600TVL camera out front. The camera is also fully adjustable as you can set it for 15, 30 or 45 degrees of tilt out front.
Top it all off with a super thick canopy protecting all your electronics and you’ve got a winning combo right out of the box.
The Walkera F210 is a competitive racing model right out of the box. Ready right out the box makes it ideal for people who want to try FPV racing but aren’t comfortable with building your own model.
The F210 comes with four 28mm diameter 2500 KV brushless motors, a PnP ESC, a one million pixel 700TVL 120 degree adjustable camera and night vision HD camera, a 4S battery pack and a DEVO7 remote control.
The F210 has a robust 210mm frame made of carbon fiber with a protective cover motor. It has a durable design based on anti-collision and anti-drop mechanics.
The TBS Vendetta comes with a 240mm frame size and is made of carbon fiber. It has a slideable electronics tray and hot swappable motors and arms. TBS pre tunes the flight board all you have to do is run a calibration procedure when it arrives. All you need is an R/C receiver, FPV receiver and 4S battery to be ready to fly.
The top quality electronics are housed within the TBS Power Cube, which is actually a flight controller, four ESC’s, power regulator, current sensor and a power distribution board all connected without any wires or soldering.
This racing drone has a custom 72 MHz STM32 FC microprocessor flight controller with a modified CleanFlight firmware. The four ESC’s are 6S capable running BLheli with Oneshot capable of running from 30A to 50A depending on weather conditions.
If you’re just starting out, you can’t go wrong with any of these three aerial racers. Perhaps we’ll see you at the Drone Racing World Championship!