CLICK each row to access part lists and detailed RTF/BNF/PNP pages with links to suppliers. 179g 1300mAh battery and 10g receiver used for estimated (EST.) flight weight calculations. Eachine EV800 FPV goggles ($55) and Flysky I6 control system ($43) used for estimated (EST.) RTF price calculations.
Compare the fastest ready-to-fly (RTF), bind-and-fly (BNF), plug-and-play (PNP) or custom built FPV quadcopter racing drones, then read on to learn the full story about the very fastest quadcopter drones and their groundbreaking builder/pilots!
196mph XLR fastest FPV racing quadcopter drone
Ryan Lademann has been harnessing aerodynamics to create fast quadcopter drones for some time (see 155mph VX1 and 172mph VXR-190) but the speed of XLR surprised him. It won’t be an official Guinness World Record for a while (Ryan is not choosing expedited review) but the 6s XLR quadcopter achieved an average speed of 196mph with a maximum speed of 202mph (the XLR also managed a 100m ascent in 1.70 seconds with a 5s battery, over twice as fast as the previous record holder, the Gemocopter). Multiple witnesses were present for the record breaking run, including former Boeing engineers and a ground controller for the shuttle missions. Ryan has done all he can to support his drone speed claims by posting GPS data logs (accepted by Guinness World Records and criminal justice courts) but many will continue to debate the merits of GPS versus radar. Ryan has received praise from other builder/pilots with GC Cannonball commenting that the XLR quadcopter drone is a ‘A work of art! Finally someone puts aero before power’. Ryan concedes that the XLR drone has become too specialised for outright speed and has launched the 180mph ARX-R frame, which has the same arm style and enclosed lipo-battery housing but has dynamics more suitable for racing (pictured below).
Ryan has been asked why pictures of the XLR quadcopter drone are obscured and the reason is simple ‘If I show it, I run the risk of it being copied by those who have the means to produce it right away’. He can hardly wait to reveal the XLR quadcopter drone once the key intellectual property has been protected and he has geared up for production. Although the XLR quadcopter drone frame is unconventional, many have noted the very conventional components, particularly the battery. Ryan explains that the ‘Nano tech wasn’t my first choice. I had this as a practice battery and was simply ready to go. Only had time for that one run. First choice were R-lines’. Ryan and his attempt at the world drone speed record have been featured on the Kabab FPV Youtube channel and by Josh Cook at Getfpv. No doubt he will receive acclaim once his Guinness World Record is accepted. Components used to construct the XLR quadcopter drone are visualised HERE and are also listed on RotorBuilds.
166mph Movr5r2 fastest line-of-site (LOS) FPV racing quadcopter drone
Quadmovr has been building line-of-site (LOS) quadcopter drones with incredible agility since 2014, some of his videos generating almost 3 million views. In February 2018 Quadmovr reached 166mph with the Movr5r2 quadcopter drone, as determined by a FrSky GPS module and a ‘second GPS module used in gliding competitions’. Quadmovr states that it wasn’t possible to measure quadcopter drone speed with a radar gun since the quadcopter drone has a very small reflective surface (required to reflect the radar), its hard to fly in line to the radar gun, in low altitude, with that speed, LOS.
Indeed, it is no small feat to fly a quadcopter drone at 166mph with no FPV, but by ditching the FPV equipment, the Movr5r2 quadcopter drone can achieve a lower weight. Despite this, weight is comparable to other fast quadcopter drones coming in at 585g (238g is battery). The speed run was performed at a very low temperature – Quadmovr states that as you watch the speed run ‘the passes get faster when the battery warms up. You’ll hear it. It was around 2°C outside temp’ and that ‘the battery doesn’t survive many flights’. Quadmovr lists all the components used in the Movr5r2 quadcopter drone in his video titles and they are also visualised HERE.
165mph Merica fastest off-the-shelf parts FPV racing quadcopter drone
Catalyst Machineworks previously held the title of worlds fastest quadcopter drone with the unconventional and now discontinued Stigg 195 but for 2018 pilot/builder GC Cannonball has taken a standard Catalyst Merica quadcopter drone race frame and added bigger motors, faster props and a 6s battery. The result is a conventional looking racer that can reach 165mph. GC Cannonball used an unusual method to estimate top speed – measuring the flight time between electrical poles. Although power lines emit ELF (low frequency radiation), fortunately this is not in 2.4ghz realm used by the radio control. Components used in this fastest Merica quadcopter drone are visualised HERE.
165mph Racer X most powerful FPV racing quadcopter drone
DRL have done a great job of bringing FPV to masses and further increased their exposure by capturing (briefly) the worlds fastest quadcopter drone record in July 2017. The Racer X quadcopter drone reached an average speed of 164mph with a maximum speed of 179mph, verified with a beam gate system (more detail is unavailable). The Racer X quadcopter drone achieved this speed through brute power. The components are extreme – T-motor F80 2408 2500kv motors (biggest motors in the mini quad class), a 10S battery, 80A ESCs and special APC 5×4.5 propellors with aggressive pitch that are made of stiffer glass nylon. These propellors are crucial because at these high speeds/rpm, the propellor tips become supersonic, requiring reinforcement to withstand the increased turbulence.
Kabab FPV calculated that the battery and ESCs of the Racer X quadcopter drone are channeling up to 5655 watts of power during the high speed runs. DRL are now teaming up with BMW to take back the record for the worlds fastest drone. Surprisingly, DRL do not acknowledge Ryan Lademann and the 202mph XLR quadcopter drone stating they are simply trying to break their own record. Components used in the Racer X quadcopter drone are visualised HERE and also listed on RotorBuilds. Explore other FPV quadcopters, wings and parts below.