Nissan Creates GT-R Drone: 0-62mph In Just 1.3 Seconds


June 24, 2016 By Mike Lee
Last updated on June 24, 2016

Nissan Creates GT-R Drone 0-62mph In Just 1.3 Seconds

  • Nissan creates high-performance, high technology GT-R drone
  • Car vs Drone race previews Nissan’s celebration of the legendary GT-R at Goodwood Festival of Speed (23-26 June)

Nissan has today unveiled the GT-R Drone – one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world.

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.

Custom designed by World Drone Prix Champions, Tornado XBlades Racing, the GT-R Drone uses a special race tuned configuration and low-drag canopy to reach 62mph from a standstill in just 1.3 seconds.

To show off the talents of both machines, the GT-R Drone 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 GT-R car transfers power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 24-valve V6 to all four wheels; the GT-R Drone 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 GT-R with James Bowles, the 2015 British National Drone Racing champion, piloting the GT-R Drone around a purpose-built 1.2 mile course at Silverstone.

The new 2017 GT-R represents the most significant changes to the car since the R35 model was first introduced in 2007. Unlike the drone, the GT-R 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 GT-R Drone has a top speed of approximately 115mph, versus 196mph for the car.

Even the incredible four-wheel-drive system of the GT-R 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.

Tech Spec on the GT-R and GT-R Drone  

  GT-R GT-R Drone
Top Speed 196mph 115mph
Width 1895mm 30cm
Length 4710mm 30cm
Height 1370mm 6.5cm
Weight 1752kg 0.7kg
Battery power/Engine V6 twin turbo 1400mah Lithium Polymer 6s
Turning circle 12.2m 0.3m
Static Thrust/Max Torque 637Nm 4.68kg
Model/Drone Frame Nissan GT-R Sky-Hero
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