What is a Racing Drone?
A racing drone is small UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that is built specifically for racing. These drones are usually quadcopters that provide an FPV, or first person view, that allows the pilot to see what the drone sees.
Racing drones is one of the most adrenaline pumping activities that you can undertake legally today. So it’s only right that you know the ten best racing drones for you to consider buying to make your entrance into the world of drone racing. Here’s a look at the top 10 currently available for purchase:
Our Top 10 Racing Drones
10) UDI RC Eagle Drone
The Eagle is an affordable drone that offers plenty of great features for when you’re out flying. Coming in at just $44.99 it is one of the cheapest racing drones on the market. With a 720p HD camera and the ability to fly in FPV mode it offers you the ability to practice your flying without breaking the bank. You will only get 20 metres of range from the controller, but this drone is great to get you started if you are interested flying on a budget or you want a cheap drone to use for practice.
9) RISE Vusion 250 Racing Drone
The RISE Vusion 250 Racing Drone is an absolute beast of a machine. Offering a FPV flying experience the 5.8ghz radio transmitter ensures that you can see everything that is happening in real time while you fly. Costing a reasonable $349.99 it provides a high quality flying experience for a reasonable price. It comes with a screen and goggles so you get the full flying experience. The body is also impact resistant so if you crash you don’t have to worry about burning as well.
8) ARRIS C250 V2 Racing Drone
The Arris C250 is a super light drone that gives you amazing levels of control without sacrificing stability, the light frame also means that greater levels of speed can be teased from the C250. It is made from carbon fiber so offers excellent levels of strength if you lose control at any point and crash. The camera is adjustable so if you don’t like the view you are getting when flying in FPV mode you can alter it exactly to your tastes. All of this comes in at a modest $299.98 so you won’t be breaking the bank either.
7) ARRIS X-Speed 250B Racing Drone
The Arris X-Speed is just like the C250 model made from carbon fiber. Once again this makes it both lightweight and durable. The arms on the X-Speed are also double plated. This means that the X-Speed is slightly heavier than the C250, but the arms are much more damage resistant which if you want to keep your money in your pocket is much better in the long term. The camera is adjustable as well as including a damper plate to limit the changes made by in flight vibrations. The price of $299 is once again a reasonable price for a model that offers excellent functionality.
6) DJI Spark Racing Drone
The DJI Spark Drone is packed with innovative features that will ensure that you get the most enjoyment for your money. With the ability to pay less and use the onboard WiFi to control the Spark with your phone instead of a controller it allows those on a budget to access this drone. The WiFi only has a range of 100m though, so if you want to take things a little further it is worth buying the full kit to get the controller. The Spark also has the ability to be controlled by hand gestures seen via the onboard camera. It recognizes your face so your friends can’t start messing around and moving your drone around, this is great for getting it ready before you fly as you can just move your hands for whatever commands you need while you sort out all of your flying gear. Built in obstacle avoidance technology ensures that you won’t have any unwanted accidents when using the hand control mode. Coming in at $699.99 it is a little steep, but this drone is feature rich and flies like a dream.
5) Walkera Rodeo 150
The Walkera Rodeo 150 offers 5.8G image transmission which means you get crisp high definition images in real time. This gives you a great FPV flying experience that is almost like sitting on the drone yourself. The price of $229 is absolutely fantastic, especially with the speed the brushless motor offers. With sharp turning the Rodeo 150 is even suitable for indoor use.
4) LHI 220 Full Carbon Fiber Racing Drones
As the name suggests the LHI 220 is a fully carbon fiber racing drone that offers incredible durability while also being incredibly light. With a great price of $185 it is both affordable and fast. While the Rodeo 150 may offer more stability the LHI just shades it when it comes to pure, raw speed.
3) Tarot TL130H1
The Tarot TL130H1 is an ultra light drone that gives you the opportunity to fly at ridiculous speeds without losing control and stability. It manages to do all of this for the incredible price of $119.99. The mini camera is adjustable for FPV flying from the angle of your choice, the Tarot offers a great flying experience for a low price.
2) First Class Swagtron SwagDrone
The SwagDrone is feature rich and packed with both great flying and great safety features. With a 3 axis gyro you can make the SwagDrone do almost anything you like in the air meaning that you can twist and turn your way around any course with the greatest of ease. With great FPV performance you can even utilize the night vision mode and headlight to fly perfectly in any condition. If you lose where your drone is don’t worry because a locator alarm is included and if you think your drone has been stolen a killswitch will make it completely useless. All this for just $419.98
1) DJI Mavic Pro
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The DJI Mavic Pro costs a wallet melting $999.99 but you do get an amazing machine for your money. With a range of up to 7km you will need the FPV mode to get the most out of you Mavic Pro. It doesn’t just fly far away either, with speeds of up to 64km/h you will be out of range in less than 7 minutes if you’re not careful. The inbuilt camera offers 4K video and the obstacle avoidance technology means that you won’t have to worry about dinging your expensive drone when you are first getting to grips with it. If you are serious about racing drones, then this is the drone for you.
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