Can An FPV Drone Beat A Formula 1 Car?

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Scuderia Toro Rosso’s STR14 challenger for the 2019 Formula 1 season came through its filming day in Italy with flying colours ahead of the season start in Melbourne on March 17. Teaming up with Red Bull Media House and Johnny FPV, we set out to create a fresh new action clip to show off the new racing car.

Things didn’t start off well for Johnny when his drone crashed after encountering interference during a test flight, but he rebuilt the device with spares and get everything worked out for the shoot.

Hopping into a car with Alex Albon behind the wheel, Johnny was able to film a full lap of the Formula 1 car driven by Daniil Kvyat. To say Johnny was impressed by the acceleration and speed of the STR14 would be an understatement.

The striking 2019 challenger did not encounter any problems on the Misano track ahead of the first pre-season testing in Spain.

Team Principal Franz Tost revealed: “We have the ingredients together for a successful season. The car, I expect, will be competitive. We have a fantastic power unit partner with Honda. They made big steps forward during the winter. We have two very strong drivers.”

Russian Kvyat said: “Everything went smooth. Everyone knows me quite well here and we can kick off straight away with a lot of knowledge. I am looking forward to driving with a Honda powered engine.”

Thai-Briton Albon explained: “It is a bit surreal. Formula 1 really is another step up from Formula 2. Once you are in the car, the nerves go away. I won’t be the calmest when the green light goes in Melbourne, but I do think I will know the car a lot better than I do now.”

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  1. A racing drone to "compete" with an F1 vehicle, the "real" test is an acceleration test from 0 to 100 km/h and with a racing drone, not freestyle, as a racing drone accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in about 1.5 seconds, but the video is a lot of fun, well done Johnny!

  2. I wish I could do one of these that would be so cool I really wanted to get into drone racing but then I crashed my drone it was super expensive?

  3. WOW that was REALLY cool. Loved the car. Loved the drone. Loved the footage taken. Looked like a lot of fun. I've always been into rc since I was a kid. I've had land vehicles, planes, and heli's. Everything in the rc hobby have become really impressive because of the technology in the batteries, motors, and other electronics. I think a high performance, speed tuned heli could be faster than the drone though because I'm pretty sure two rotors are more efficient than more and their agility is on par if not better, not to imply that these drones aren't extremely capable and impressive as well.

  4. I think the biggest problem with the vid is that johnny is running the HDO/rapidfire combo, and still using the f*cking eye cups rather than the faceplate! Like damn! How do you still tolerate those rubber pieces of garbage!

  5. There is just one person missing to make this a complete succes and that is a quadcopter builder. You can't just grab a race drone for these kind of specialists jobs. And it is possible to build a capable drone for this within a few days. You just need someone that knows how to build drones.

  6. Wow, respect that he didn't get sick, controlling that FPV drone while in a car that is being pushed to the limit around the track trying to keep up with an F1 car…

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