DRONE RAC­ING

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Drone rac­ing ex­ists in some still-be­ing-de­fined space be­tween eS­ports and motorsport: those are real ve­hi­cles zip­ping through real space at blind­ing speed – it’s just that the pi­lots are sit­ting some­where else, in chairs and wear­ing video gog­gles. From its hobby days, when en­thu­si­asts ac­tu­ally de­vel­oped some of the key tech­nol­ogy that makes the rac­ing pos­si­ble, it has sud­denly be­come a sport with rules, in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and even a few pro play­ers. It’s also rapidly evolv­ing, with the de­but of the new X Class cat­e­gory of­fer­ing me­tre-wide drones that spec­ta­tors can more eas­ily see (and hear). There’s no X Class in the Drone Cham­pi­ons League leg at Lake Zurich in Switzer­land, but there will be, for the first time, a sep­a­rate con­test be­tween robo-drones, which fly the course au­tonomously. If you want a look at it all, there’s live cov­er­age from Zurich on Sky Sport 1 from 6am on Sun­day.

Drone rac­ing

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