Drones take on a Mustang
IT had to happen, drones versus cars, the movie — but Ford was first off the mark to pit the pilots in one of the world’s most exciting new sports against its finest fast cars, all to create a new video called Dronekhana.
Two of the planet’s best drone pilots tackle a unique obstacle course that includes a drifting Focus RS, a smoking Ford Mustang, and a robot.
Pilots Luke Bannister and Brett Collis navigate their drones remotely with the help of special goggles, which provide a first-person view as they fly under the Ford Ranger pickup and through the Ford B-MAX’s pillarless doors.
A rig of 36 GoPro cameras captured the drones mid-action in a style made famous by the 1999 film The Matrix.
“It’s basically like stepping into the cockpit. It was a tough course and we had some mishaps — but at least the Mustang’s alright, that’s all that matters,” said 16-year-old World Drone Prix champion Luke Bannister, who took on the course with Tornado XBlades teammate and fellow Brit, Brett Collis (22).
The race was filmed at Ford’s European headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the city which this week hosts Gamescom, Europe’s biggest interactive games trade fair. Ford has also invited five gamers from across Europe to Cologne to try to set a new world record for the “longest video marathon on a racing game”, in Forza Motorsport 6.
They face a two-day stint behind the wheel of a virtual Ford GT race car to simulated the Le Mans 24 Hours — where the real-life Ford GT race car won earlier this year. To set a new record, the gamers will need to race for more than 48 hours and one minute — which started on Tuesday. — Newspress.
Drone racing, in case you don’t know, is the latest thing and Ford has now challenged two of the world’s top drone pilots to race the Mustang.