World Drone Prix behind-the-scenes video released

Time Out Dubai features the World Drone Prix behind-the-scenes video, released by Aerial Grand Prix, showing the Dubai Police car race against a drone

It was one of the coolest videos of the year so far, and shone a light on a worldwide spectacle due to happen right here in Dubai.

And now the production company behind the eye-catching World Drone Prix promo video have released a special behind-the-scenes short of their adventure in making the viral clip.

Originally released on March 2 to help draw attention to the first ever drone racing world championships, which took place that month at Skydive Dubai, the 90-second short set the internet alight when it dropped.

Tracking a fantastical duel between a Dubai Police-owned McLaren supercar and a drone, it featured daring ducks, dives and weaves in and around illuminated 'gates' - for both the car and the drone - much like a computer game. In fact, at times it even went 'split screen' and joked 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 was a superb example of the skills required to navigate these futuristic flying machines.

Even from the outset it looked incredibly complex, and the new video released this week proves exactly that.

Almost four minutes long, the film is shot by Aerial Grand Prix, a Californian company considered the pioneers of drone racing. But it starts with a crash...

From then, and set to what can best be described as a higher-state driving soundtrack, it contains clips from the truck - the same Ford Raptor recently used for the Ken Block drifting film - that filmed the majority of the race, as well as previously unseen footage from the drone and inside the sports car.

It is most interesting when you see the complexity of the manoeuvres required of the drone, especially as it lurches over the Downtown flyover and back down into the tunnel that connects Business Bay at Financial Centre Road.

The video is an absolute must-watch for drone fans, and while it doesn't shine a light on Dubai in quite the same way as the original, it proves once again the power to attract the world's best to the UAE.


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