Nissan has developed a drone to race along its latest sports car while filming on the track. The GT-R Drone, named after the sports car it would race along, is considered to be the fastest accelerating First Person View (FPV) racing drones in the world.
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 100 kilometres per hour 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 in the UK.
Both machines possess 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 at the wheel of the GT-R with James Bowles, the 2015 British National Drone Racing champion, piloting the GT-R Drone around the purpose-built 1.9 kilometre course.
The 2017 GT-R has undergone 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.