In a terrific display of innovation and technology, Guinness World Records can confirm that the Drone Racing League (DRL) has achieved the Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter.

The Drone Racing League, hand-built the high speed device; which was principally created by the company’s Director of Product, Ryan Gury, and DRL’s team of expert drone engineers. 

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Called the “DRL RacerX”, it zooms at an incredible speed of 163.5 miles per hour, unheard of prior to the development of the model. 

Weight plays a key factor in the drone’s ability to move so quickly, with DRL making the total weight of the record-breaking aircraft just 800 grams (1.76 pounds). 

In order to successfully obtain the record, the drone needed to fly back and forth across a measured course of 100 m (328 ft.), with the attempt taking place in a field in upstate New York. 

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“We’re thrilled to put our proprietary technology to the test, as we’re all about speed and pushing the limits of drone design here at DRL,” said Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL CEO/Founder. “The record-setting Racer X represents the culmination of years of technological innovation by our team of world class engineers, and we’re very excited to unveil the fastest racing drone on earth.”

Prior to the attempt, prototypes of the drone burst into flames when hitting its highest point of acceleration due to the amount of power being applied.

Want to see it in action? Click the player below. 

To see more drones in action, fans can tune into the 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship finale on July 28th.

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