The goal is to break the existing drone speed record of 163.5 mph

BMW has set its fair share of automotive records, but the German automaker is now setting its sights on a different kind of world record. In partnership with the Drone Racing League, Bimmer is going to help build the world’s fastest drone with the goal of breaking the current speed record of 163.5 mph. The extent of the collaboration wasn’t made specific, but a big part of it involves BMW lending its technical know-how and wind tunnel at its Aerodynamic Test Center to help the DRL break its own record.

So while drone racing itself isn’t necessarily in BMW’s wheelhouse, technology and competition are very much are

This is a cool partnership that we hope will end with a successful record-setting performance. BMW’s incentives here aren’t that great, but it is cool to see the German automaker get involved in something like this. “The partnership with DRL will enhance BMW’s racing involvement with future-oriented formats,” says Jörg Reimann, Head of BMW International Brand Experience. “Drone racing is a very competitive type of racing, characterized by the interplay of extremely high-performance material and digital technology. This represents an environment in which BMW has assumed a pioneering position for many years in its core business. We are very much looking forward to this collaboration and to the new event formats that we will be developing together with our partners.”

So while drone racing itself isn’t necessarily in BMW’s wheelhouse, technology and competition are very much are. The German automaker wants to be involved in that, and it’s pretty awesome that it is.

BMW Will Help Build The World's Fastest Drone
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Bimmer is going to help build the world’s fastest drone with the goal of breaking the current speed record of 163.5 mph

It’s also cool to see the Drone Racing League grow as big as it has in recent years. It was only founded in 2015, but in three years, it has established itself as the premier drone racing competition in the world. It has signed a deal with ESPN to broadcast its races, and now, it has BMW in the fold to help it break the world speed record for a drone. The partnership between the two companies will also come into play when the German automaker hosts the penultimate stage of the DRL’s 2018 season on July 28 at BMW Welt, the automaker’s own exhibition center in Munich, Germany. Proving the league’s popularity, that race will be broadcast in more than 75 different countries.

"We’re thrilled to be partnering with BMW, a world-class motorsports brand with a rich legacy of innovation,” said DRL CEO and founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski. ”We look forward to bringing the futuristic sport of drone racing to BMW Welt and putting our proprietary technology to the test to make history with BMW.”

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MUNICH – Innovative technology, action-packed racing and international championships: more and more people around the world are discovering a passion for drone racing. BMW is collaborating with the Drone Racing League (DRL), an international, premier drone racing circuit, to further develop high-performance racing drones in the BMW Group wind tunnel and bring a professional drone race to BMW Welt.

Jörg Reimann, Head of BMW International Brand Experience, said: “The partnership with DRL will enhance BMW’s racing involvement with future-oriented formats. Drone racing is a very competitive type of racing, characterized by the interplay of extremely high-performance material and digital technology. This represents an environment in which BMW has assumed a pioneering position for many years in its core business. We are very much looking forward to this collaboration and to the new event formats that we will be developing together with our partners.”

DRL organizes one of the largest global drone racing series, the DRL Allianz World Championship, in which elite FPV (First Person View) pilots race custom-made DRL drones through complex, three-dimensional courses in iconic venues across the world. As the Official Partner, BMW is bringing the penultimate race of the 2018 season to Munich on July 28, taking place at BMW Welt. The race will be broadcast this autumn in more than 75 countries on leading sports programs including Prosieben.

"We’re thrilled to be partnering with BMW, a world-class motorsports brand with a rich legacy of innovation. We look forward to bringing the futuristic sport of drone racing to BMW Welt and putting our proprietary technology to the test to make history with BMW,” said DRL CEO and founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski.

Last year, DRL hand-built the DRL RacerX, the fastest racing drone on earth, which set the Guinness World RecordTM for the fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter at a speed of 265.87 km/h. Thanks to a close collaboration with the BMW Group, DRL will now aim to break this record. Tests will take place in the wind tunnel at the Aerodynamic Test Center with this ambitious goal in mind, allowing DRL to leverage the technological expertise of the car manufacturer.

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