Nissan creates super-fast drone to take on GT-R
The Nissan GT-R drone is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 1.3 seconds
Nissan has created a racing drone capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 1.3 seconds.
The unit was inspired by the Japanese automaker’s GT-R performance car, and is one of the fastest accelerating first-person view (FPV) drones in the world.
Designed by World Drone Prix champions, Tornado XBlades Racing, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) went head-to-head with a 2017 Nissan GT-R car at Silverstone Circuit in the UK.
Although the drone boasts higher acceleration than the car, it could not compete over longer distances. The former has a top speed of approximately 185km/h, compared to the latter’s 315km/h. Conversely, the car could not match the agility of the drone, which has a turning circle of just 0.3m.
Behind the wheel of the European-model race car was NISMO driver Ricardo Sanchez, while James Bowles, the 2015 British National Drone Racing champion, piloted the GT-R drone around the purpose-built, 1.93km-long course.
Nissan also showcased both of its GT-R machines at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which took place from 23-26 June.