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Dutch Drone Gods capture FPV of a full F1 lap with Verstappen

In an exceptional feat of engineering, Dutch Drone Gods have crafted a cutting-edge drone that has successfully captured uninterrupted first-person-view (FPV) footage of a full lap with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

This groundbreaking achievement, forged in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, marks a significant milestone in drone technology and its potential application in motorsports broadcasting.

Watch the video here, and then learn about details of the development of the drone from the pilot behind the drone’s flight, Ralph Hogenbirk, also known as “Shaggy FPV,” below:

“They [Red Bull] approached us with the project one year ago, and then, a few months ago, we had the final drone in its current form, along with a finalized design for it as well,” Hogenbirk said. “We began with an idea inspired by previous projects, such as bullet or rocket-shaped drones that one or two people had built before, like the 11370, which reached speeds exceeding 350 km/h (217mph), and one even faster. But these drones had limitations: they couldn’t turn, couldn’t sustain flight for more than two brief high-speed runs of a few hundred meters, and they didn’t have anything to film with. These constraints were the unknowns at the outset of our design process.

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“Therefore, we had to base the initial design on what was done before, but then really develop a different concept that could overcome those limitations. That’s how we initiated the process, and started prototyping, testing, and changing the prototype accordingly.

“This propulsion system differs from normal drones, like cinematic DJI drones, in that they are significantly more powerful and responsive. The technology is quite similar to what we typically use in FPV (First-Person View) racing drones, which are also known for their high power and responsiveness.

“However, we took it a step further by incorporating a more powerful motor, a very specific combination of the RPM configuration, the propeller size and shape, and the battery. This allowed us to achieve a perfect balance between getting a good top speed and still being efficient, without overloading the electronics or battery. Additionally, the prototype retained the necessary aerodynamic efficiency to reach the speed that we needed and last for the full lap.

“Shaggy FPV” Ralph Hogenbirk with Max Verstappen. Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool