Time Out Dubai celebrates as the World Drone Prix release awesome promo video for the March event. See a drone race in Dubai against a Dubai Police car
The promo for the World Grand Prix has been released. Unsurprisingly, it looks a sure fire viral hit.
Showing every intricate detail of a race between a remote controlled drone and one of the Dubai Police force super cars (the McLaren), the 90-second clip is set to become another iconic YouTube clip showcasing our home.
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Featuring daring duck, dive and weaves in and around illuminated 'gates' - for both the car and the drone - it looks not too dissimilar to a computer game. In fact, at times it even goes 'split screen' and jokes about 'unlocking achievements'.
Whizzing around Downtown, Dubai Media City and Jumeirah - with, of course, a customary run up to the Burj Al Arab - the footage is a superb example of the skills required to navigate these futuristic flying machines. Our favourite bit is when the drone is directed through a lit-up Metro station entrance, and also when the car heads the wrong way down the Dubai Tram track!
A snippet was dropped first by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai on Instagram (@faz3) leading his followers to the extended version.
It comes a week before the launch of the inaugural event, backed by the World Organisation for Racing Drones, on March 11 and 12 at SkyDive Dubai. With a prize fund of $1million (Dhs3,672,850), the event has attracted interest from all over the world, and will feature freestyle and track races. In order to take part teams must have one pilot, a navigator, team leader, plus pit-stop technicians and managers.
Unlike the stunning clip released today, the event itself will be held in a more manageable area in Dubai Marina. The circuit will be tighter, more compact - and slightly less obstructing to traffic - near Skydive Dubai. A temporary 'stadium' has already been erected.