Red Bull has created the world’s fastest drone

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Red Bull, known for its extraordinary achievements and noteworthy performances in the Formula 1 world over the years, has once again made headlines with a groundbreaking technological breakthrough: the creation of the world’s fastest drone. This drone, capable of reaching speeds up to 350 km/h (approximately 217 mph), is not just another record-setter in the realm of acceleration contests but could potentially revolutionize the way sports events are broadcasted on television.

Behind this project is a Dutch drone specialist group, the Dutch Drone Gods, which has been collaborating with Red Bull for some time. In a remarkable demonstration of speed and agility, the drone outpaced a Formula 1 car in a straight-line test conducted alongside David Coulthard, a former F1 driver.

However, the ambitions of the Dutch Drone Gods and Red Bull didn’t stop there. They posed a new challenge: could they engineer a drone capable of navigating the twists and turns of the Silverstone circuit, accelerating and decelerating to keep up with today’s fastest racer, Max Verstappen, while producing high-quality video footage of the race ?



To achieve this, a more aerodynamically efficient structure was necessary, a development to which Red Bull contributed significantly. The culmination of over a year’s effort was a super-powerful drone capable of achieving speeds of 350 km/h, with a battery life that supports this performance for up to three minutes and can be controlled within a range of 10 km—entirely manually.

The feat was showcased during Red Bull’s pre-season filming day, with Verstappen behind the wheel of the RB20 and the drone swiftly following, its operator tasked with not only tracking the car’s path and varying speeds but also ensuring it didn’t collide with any overhead structures crossing the track.

The potential for even greater speeds exists, as the trial run took place on a wet track. It’s anticipated that the stunt will be repeated under dry conditions, possibly setting new records. What may currently be viewed as a spectacle could, according to Verstappen, become the norm: the drone’s camera footage offers a completely new perspective on following a Formula 1 car, suggesting that this technology might one day become a regular feature of race weekends.

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