2018 SWATCH / Drone Racing League (DRL) TRYOUTS are OPEN NOW!
“It may start as just a game, but it doesn’t end as one. Enter the 2018 SWATCH / DRL TRYOUTS and you could be the next DRL pilot. Download the DRL Simulator, enter the TRYOUTS, and be one of the top 24 times. The top 24 qualifiers will be invited to play in a live racing simulator tournament, where the winner will receive a $75,000 contract to fly for DRL in the 2018 season” (DRL, 2017).
2017 Tryout winner, Jawz, was awarded a $75,000 professional contract to compete in DRL!
Read about and follow DRL’s Pilots from across the globe through your favorite social media feeds.
Interested in DRL? The Drone Racing League (DRL), based in the United States, was founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski, former Chief Revenue Officer at Tough Mudder. DRL’s first season launched in January 2016 consisting of five professional races. A few locations included the Miami Dolphins NFL HardRock Stadium, the abandoned Hawthorne Mall in Los Angeles, a laboratory in New York, paper mill in Ohio, and an auto plant in Detroit. Pilots navigate through multiple heats during each event, earning points based on placement at finish. The pilot with the most points at the end wins the event.
Horbaczewski has noted that DRL “develop[s] all of our drone in-house” (Wade, 2017) to “create a level playing field…it was important to make sure that when you saw a pilot win a race, you knew that was the best pilot, not necessarily the person flying a faster drone” (Vincent, 2017). Consider the concept similar to NASCAR for drones. Since it’s start, DRL pilots have flown two types of drones, the Racer2 in 2016 and the Racer3 in 2017.
Ryan Gury, Director of Product for DRL along with a team of drone engineers, set the Guinness World Record for Fastest Ground Speed by a Battery-powered Remote-controlled Quadcopter. The RacerX hit 179.6 mph, shattering the previous record of 163.5 mph.
Gury also created a unique radio system and LED staging to make the drones easier to follow to the eye and camera. The drone races are not televised or streamed live. The races are filmed using over 50 cameras per event, with two cameras on each drone – one for the pilot, another for traveling shots used in post-production for television.
Recognitions Received by DRL:
Most Innovative Company (2017, Fast Company)
Third Most Innovative Sports Company (2017)
Startup to Watch (2017, Ad Age)
Most Innovative Sports Production (2017, Cynopsis Sports Media)
“Ad Age A-List & Creativity Awards”. Ad Age.
“Cynopsis Sports Media Awards”. Cynopsis Media.
Vincent, James. (2017). “LIFTOFF Inside the $20 million plan to take drone racing mainstream”. The Verge.
Wade, Andrew. (2017). “Drone racing lights up motorsport”. The Engineer.
“Why Drone Racing League Is One Of The Most Innovative Companies Of 2017”. Fast Company.
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