Nissan’s mighty GT-R has been beaten by a drone, the GT-R Drone. Unveiled today as part of Nissan’s celebration of the legendary GT-R at Goodwood Festival of Speed, the GT-R Drone is 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.
While the GT-R transfers power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 to all four wheels, its drone counterpart 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 agility of the drone though, which has a turning circle of just 0.3m. Its custom setup allows it to perform heart-stopping manoeuvres with incredible precision and agility.
Both machines will also be on display at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Watch the definitive battle below.