What do you do when you have one of the fastest (best looking) cars on the planet and want to race a drone, but can’t find one fast enough? You build your own of course. The 2017 Nissan’s GTR is a monster of a car with a 3.8L twin turbo that throws out around 421.32 kW and is expected to have a sub 3.0 second 0-100km/h time. With a car that fast, you definitely can’t help but race it and what better place than a purpose-built 1.9km course at the iconic, Silverstone.
Being 2016, of course you’d want to race a drone, but the problem is, all your fancy Parrot and DJI drones are fast, but not fast enough, so Nissan built their own.
Introducing, the Nissan GTR drone. This baby is full of carbon fibre, just like the car to make sure its not only strong, but importantly light and fast. Those engineers at the World Drone Prix Champions, Tornado XBlades Racing, worked with Nissan on the drone and delivered something that tips the scales at just 0.7kg.
Powering a drone at speed requires a good powertrain and the GTR drone features a 1400mAh Lithium Polymer battery and with a 0-100 time of just 1.3 seconds, its actually faster off the line than Godzilla and also makes it one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world.
The GTR drone features 4 rotors which keeps it stable while taking turns around the track with some serious angle, there’s a camera to give the pilot a first-person view and to ensure a strong signal while flying at speed, a fairly sizable antenna.
In the race between car and drone, Nissan didn’t cheap out of talent, with Nissan Nismo Driver Ricardo Sanchez behind the wheel, squaring off with Drone Racing Champion, James Bowles. While a full heads-up display that covers both eyes isn’t actually allowed here in Australia, this would make for one hell of an experience, one I’d love to experience.
Check out that controller, with enough knobs and dials to make a F18 fighter pilot blush. It’s clear that both the 4 wheel and the 4 blade GTR are amazing pieces of engineering to the last degree and you’d be lucky if you ever had the change to drive either.
Now its time you watch these beasts in action and while you do that, imagine a future where we have auto makers battle it out in drone wars competitions, that’s something certainly watch with plenty of popcorn.
More information at Top Gear.