Nissan has unveiled its new GT-R Drone which is being billed as "one of the fastest accelerating First Person View racing drones in the world."
Designed to keep up with the 2017 Nissan GT-R, the GT-R Drone was developed by World Drone Prix Champions Tornado XBlades Racing. It features a Sky-Hero quadcopter frame, a 1,400 milliampere hour lithium polymer battery, and four propellers that are powered by 2,000 kilovolt XNova motors.
Thanks to this setup, the drone can accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 1.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of approximately 115 mph. The drone can easily beat the GT-R off the line but the story changes at higher speeds as the car tops out at 195 mph.
In an effort to showcase the drone's potential, Nissan took it to the Silverstone circuit where it raced alongside a GT-R being driving by Ricardo Sanchez. As you can see in the video, the GT-R Drone is amazingly quick and responsive. Given its high-performance, Nissan enlisted 2015 British National Drone Racing champion James Bowles to pilot the model.
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Nissan has today unveiled the GT-R Drone – one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world.
Built to be able to keep up with the new 2017 Nissan GT-R while filming on the track, the drone features the very latest in performance-enhancing technology – just like its automotive equivalent.
Custom designed by World Drone Prix Champions, Tornado XBlades Racing, the GT-R Drone uses a special race tuned configuration and low-drag canopy to reach 100kph from a standstill in just 1.3 seconds.
To show off the talents of both machines, the GT-R Drone took on the road-going supercar around the challenging Silverstone circuit.
Both machines use incredible technology and engineering to extract the maximum performance, both in a straight line and through corners. The GT-R car transfers power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 24-valve V6 to all four wheels; the GT-R Drone delivers incredible acceleration via four propellers mated with 2000kV XNova motors and race specification Sky-Hero quadcopter frame.
The race saw Nissan NISMO driver Ricardo Sanchez take the wheel of the new GT-R with James Bowles, the 2015 British National Drone Racing champion, piloting the GT-R Drone around a purpose-built 1.2 mile course at Silverstone.
The new 2017 GT-R represents the most significant changes to the car since the R35 model was first introduced in 2007. Unlike the drone, the GT-R features new aerodynamic features which are designed to keep it firmly on the ground.
While the drone can out accelerate the car, wheels soon catch up with rotors: the GT-R Drone has a top speed of approximately 185kph, versus 315kph for the car.
Even the incredible four-wheel-drive system of the GT-R can’t match the ultimate agilty of the drone though, which is has a turning circle of just 0.3m. Its custom setup allows it to perform heart-stopping manoeuvres with incredible precision and agility.
The on-track battle can be seen here:https://youtu.be/ARHjF3T7MKI. Both machines will also be on display at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
For more information about Nissan and its range of vehicles, including the GT-R, please visit:http://www.nissan.eu/experience-nissan.html