Underground Drone Racing - It's a Thing!

We all remember the classic first-person video games which put you behind the wheel, or at least behind the controls, of a car, plane or Star Wars pod racer. Yeah, they're still around today, but they just don't make them like they used to. And while we're at it, whatever happened to the gritty underground racing games where you could compete for a 'pink slip' and walk away with your opponent's car...  

Credit: Nick Lavars/Gizmag

Credit: Nick Lavars/Gizmag

Well it turns out that if you're one of the guys pining for the days when you could take the wheel of a futuristic craft in an abandoned warehouse, there's a place you can go. I introduce to you the world of underground drone racing, which actually exists. For real! 

FPV (First Person View) Drone Racing is an emerging sport around the world, where aviation enthusiasts come together to test their drones against one another. It's pretty simple. Build your drone - usually from a specialist racing kit - find a suitably empty environment where you can fit a track big enough to handle objects flying around at up to 100mph - and off you go. 

Credit: Nick Lavars/Gizmag

Credit: Nick Lavars/Gizmag

Crucial to the experience are the special FPV goggles worn by all racers, which immerse pilots into the view from the front of their drone. This makes FVP Drone Racing a unique combination of virtual reality and genuine flying. 

The sport is certainly on the rise, and since the first ever Drone Racing World Championships proved a big hit in California last summer, you can expect to hear plenty more about it in the months to come.