BMW Will Help Build The World’s Fastest Drone
The goal is to break the existing drone speed record of 163.5 mphby Kirby, on
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.
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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