What’s a “race drone” you ask and why is it challenging a Porsche to race? Don’t worry if you don’t know, you’re not alone, you’re probably just too old (like us)! Race drones are small quad copters built to be used and compete in First Person View (FPV – meaning it has a camera and you control it out of your line of vision by watching what it sees via goggles or a monitor). Out of the box, race drones are capable of speeds up to 75 mph and high-end, professional versions can exceed speeds of 100 mph. Add to this the fact that they have the instant on torque of 4 electric motors and they actually could compete with the likes of a 718 from an acceleration standpoint. Drones like this are actually raced the world over in back-yard get togethers and official racing leagues, like the DRL, have become big business. In fact, a 15-year old recently won the Dubai World Drone Prix and a grand prize of $250k. Not a bad way to make a living.
Porsche’s obviously looking to attract a younger crowd with the inclusion of racing drones and YouTuber Ali-A (Ali-A has more than 8.5 million followers on his YouTube channel dedicated to the video game Call of Duty). While the video is a bit over the top, it’s still kind of fun to watch and the production level is what you would expect Porsche. The premise is pretty simple, can one Porsche Cayman 718 S outrun 6 “hunter” drones in a game of cat and mouse between three checkpoints? To add visual intrigue to the video, Porsche equipped the Cayman and the drones with proximity sensors that would detonate smoke bombs when a drone catches the Porsche. The rules are pretty simple, both the drones and the Cayman need to navigate through and around the same checkpoints. If the Porsche is caught by the drones three or more times, before hitting the finish line, the drones win.