Drones take on a Mus­tang

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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.

PHOTO: FORD

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.

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