World's fastest drone clocked at 163 miles per hour

Drone Racing LeagueDronesThis Racing Drone Just Set a Guinness World Speed Record Lisa Marie Segarra10:54 AM ET

Drone racing is a thing - and drones that compete in these races can fly at super fast speeds.

With a top speed of 179.3 miles per hour (288.6 kph) and an average speed of 163.5 miles per hour (263.1 kph), the RacerX set a Guinness World Record for the fastest racing drone. Called the DRL RacerX, the drone that earned the title was hand-built by DRL's director of product, Ryan Gury, as well as the company's engineers.

But before it made it to ESPN, drone racing was a hobby practiced by quadcopter tinkerers and DIYers, who more often than not would custom build their machines for optimal speed and meet up at carparks and abandoned warehouses to pit them against one another.

World's fastest drone clocked at 163 miles per hour
World's fastest drone clocked at 163 miles per hour

In a statement to the media, Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL's chief executive officer, said: "The record-setting RacerX represents the culmination of years of technological innovation by our team of world class engineers, and we're very excited to unveil the fastest racing drone on earth".

According to DRL's press release, earlier prototypes of the record-setting racer drone burst into flames from the rig's overwhelming power which, as far as we are concerned, officially makes drone racing the closest we've ever gotten to real-life F-Zero. Though Guinness recorded the RacerX's average speed at 163.5mph for its record, the speedy little aircraft's top speed actually peaked at a breakneck 179.6mph. Weighing just 800 grams (1.7 pounds), the RacerX is powered by a pair of 1,300 mAh batteries and four electric motors that can each hit speeds of up to 46,000 RPMs.

The drone used to set the record isn't the same one used in races.

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