Nissan creates GT-R drone: 0-100kph in just 1.3 seconds

In Industry, News by fullboost

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.

  • Nissan creates high-performance, high technology #gtr drone
  • Car vs Drone race previews Nissan’s celebration of the legendary #gtr at #goodwoodfestivalofspeed (23-26 June)
  • Nissan has today unveiled the #gtrdrone – one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) #racing drones in the world.


Custom designed by World Drone Prix Champions, Tornado XBlades #racing, the #gtrdrone 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 #gtrdrone took on the road-going supercar around the challenging Silverstone circuit.

Both machines use incredible technology and engineering to extract the maximum performance, both in a straight line and through corners. The #gtr car transfers power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 24-valve V6 to all four wheels; the #gtrdrone 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 #gtr with James Bowles, the 2015 British National Drone #racing champion, piloting the #gtrdrone around a purpose-built 1.2 mile course at Silverstone. The new 2017 #gtr represents the most significant changes to the car since the R35 model was first introduced in 2007. Unlike the drone, the #gtr 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 #gtrdrone has a top speed of approximately 185kph, versus 315kph for the car. Even the incredible four-wheel-drive system of the #gtr can’t match the ultimate agilty of the drone though, which is has a turning circle of just 0.3m. Its custom setup allows it to perform heart-stopping manoeuvres with incredible precision and agility.