Quadmovr (yes, it is written in this way and not Quadmover) from Germany is probably the best-known LOS pilot in the racing drones area. One of my favorite videos comes from him (especially because of the sound), you’ll find it on the homepage. His current Movr series arguably the fastest drone in the world, as he is also one of the busiest designers, pushing his builds to the limit.
Lately, he’s been focusing on one thing: Speed! With his Movr frames, he sets one record after another. To measure, he uses a telemetry unit mounted on the race quad which sends the data to his Taranis remote.
The fastest drone in the world
In the Miniquad area, it should thus hold the world record in terms of speed (as of March 2018): The Movr5r2 f80 flies an incredible 267 km / h with a 6S battery (which is 166 Mp / h in retard units).
Here is his record flight:
UPDATE: The DRL R3 Racers has even come to 288.6 km/h (179.3 Mp/h) with an outlandish 10S Lipo 80A ESC equipment. Wow. But Quadmovr still holds the 6S record.
Robogenesis, the winner of the DLR Swatch Tryouts 2018, shows his flying skills with the DRL Racer 3. It’s unbelievable how the guy controls the official Racequad of the Drone Racing League. What I like best is the reverse orbit at 1: 44. I think this is the first time I have seen this variant of the Mr. Steele signature move.
Another impressive thing is that the heavy weight of the DRL R3 does not seem to affect the agility of the drone. Neogenesis moves the thing so fast through the air that you think the video has to be accelerated.
Really incredible pilots like Robogenesis show what level the FPV scene is at and the skills are amazing. Or how benii simply asks him, “Do you think the world is running too slow?” XD
The DRL tryouts were streamed through DRL.io and Rogogenesis has won a $ 75,000 contract as the winner and will be starting for Swatch in the next DRL season.
DRL Racer 3 | The Quad from the Drone Racing League
Where can you buy the DRL Racer 3?
Now you have to be very strong: the DRL R3 is not available for purchase. Also not in the DRL shop. But there are alternatives. Which, you can read below.
What is the Drone Racing League (DRL)?
The DRL is a racing series for racing drones. The format was developed especially for television and is not uncontroversial in the scene, but visually a feast for the eyes. Take a look at it here:
What is special about the DRL Racer 3
The DRL Racer 3 (short DRL R3) is the official racequad for the league which is flown by all pilots to create equal opportunities. The DRL Quad is an in-house development of DRL, although of course it is largely based on freely available parts, the most striking thing about the DRL race drone is probably the polycarbonate plastic case with the LEDs at first sight. I think the whole thing looks very cool through the shell and especially the cover for the camera.
Due to the additional technology and the shell, it is relatively heavy for a racing quadrocopter of this size (it is a 6 “, not 5”): It weighs about one kilogram. Nevertheless, its flight characteristics are praised by most pilots and through the 5S Power it still has enough punch: The ratio of power to weight (thrust-to-weight ratio) is acceptable 7: 1 (the agile racing drones have 10-15: 1) ,
DRL Racer 3 specification
Waterproof (DRL R3 Polycarbon Canopy)
Frame: DRL R3 Custom TrueX
Battery: Pulse 1800mAh 5S
PDB: Custom (DRL R3 PDB)
ESC: Rotorgeeks 20A RG20 Plus
Engine: BrotherhobbyT2 2206 1800kV
Propeller: HQProps 6x4x4
Receiver: TBS Crossfire V2 Micro
Antenna: Lumenier AXII (LHCP)
FPV Cam: Rotorgeeks HS1177 with 2.5mm GoPro Lens
Cam: GoPro Session 5
Are there alternatives to the DRL Racer 3
Of course! More importantly, what’s your skill level? As a total beginner, the R3 would not really bring you much – flying such a part takes some practice on the simulator before you can even hold such a racer in the air. (That’s just a racer and not a DJI drone!).
If you are still interested, I can recommend getting started with a complete set (for less than 100 €) with spark and glasses, with which you can even fly inside: QC 90 Kit. Read more about speed drones to get started here.
If you are already advanced or want to start with very big ambitions, the Diatone GT220S delivers incredible performance for less than 300 Euros (but do not forget the rest like glasses, spark, batteries etc.).
Is there then somewhere to buy the old DRL Racer 2
Unfortunately, the DRL R2 is not available on the open market. Most likely, one can still research and rebuild the parts. But then I would rather advise rebuilding the Racer 3 with the parts list above or anyway use a separate combination.
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