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Drone Racing Battle ft. Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum. Drone Racing Dreams. TOP 5 BEST FPV RACING DRONES !!! TOP 5 BEST FPV RACING DRONES !!! TOP 7 LATEST DRONES FOR EARLY 2017. Star Wars meets NASCAR: ESPN is bringing drone racing to mainstream television — Quartz. There’s a hotel in Williamsburg—the expensive part of Brooklyn that still feels ‘edgy’ to a certain set—called the Wythe.

Star Wars meets NASCAR: ESPN is bringing drone racing to mainstream television — Quartz

It’s a trendy restored warehouse that often hosts hip soirees and parties for famous brands. On a freezing January evening, its exposed-brick walls and man-bunned bartenders hosted a launch party for a new sports league, called The Drone Racing League. It’s the brainchild of Nick Horbaczewski, who previously helped turn Tough Mudder endurance runs into something that people enjoy doing, and Ryan Gury, a former advertising creative director and drone racer. The two have created a company that intends to be the cool face of drone racing.

DRL has secured over $8 million in funding from venture capital firms, as well as the owner of the Miami Dolphins, and the lead singer of the band Muse. And they’re not alone. “Up to this point, FPV Racing has always been in a field with a bunch of nerds and geeks.” Meet Charpu, the Drone-Racing Megastar Who Doesn’t Feel Like Racing. The desire to make machines move fast started early for Puertolas.

Meet Charpu, the Drone-Racing Megastar Who Doesn’t Feel Like Racing

As a child in Nuevos Ministerios, a neighborhood of Madrid, he was always taking apart the radio-controlled cars his dad bought him for Christmas. He would rip out the wheels and servomotors and solder them into his own contraptions—like the one he’d use to fetch glasses of water from his mom. “She’d put a drink on it, and then I would just drive it back,” he recalls. Instead of high school, Puertolas went to an art school where he studied animation and spent a lot of time making short films. In 1999, when he was 18, he got a job at a videogame company in England. Within a few years, Puertolas had gotten the attention of DreamWorks by sending the company an animated short film he’d made.

Then, in 2014, Puertolas saw a video posted by a guy named Boris B, among the earliest drone pilots to record and upload footage of his flights. Puertolas quickly fused his newfound love of FPV racing with his filmmaking talent. New Drone Racing League gets off the ground with ESPN TV deal. Drone Racing League Drones are going mainstream: The Federal Aviation Administration anticipates that by the end of 2016, people will own more than 2.5 million in the United States alone.

New Drone Racing League gets off the ground with ESPN TV deal.

But competitive drone-ing is newer still, and televised drone sports are practically uncharted territory, at least in the U.S. That will change Thursday night when the first of a 10-episode season featuring the Drone Racing League airs on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. Eastern. “This is an incredibly exciting day for DRL,” the league’s CEO, Nicholas Horbaczewski, said in a press release.

But will it be exciting for viewers? I was not entertained by Airmageddon. The DRL drones do go faster—more than 80 mph, but the idea is essentially the same. The Drone Racing League has also been compared to Battle Bots, a show ABC revived in 2015 in which “robots duel to the death to win the coveted Golden Nut.” Drone News: The Top 100 Sites of 2015. Image source: VideoUniversity Drone news sites give you the latest updates in our fast-growing industry.

Drone News: The Top 100 Sites of 2015

Websites pop up every day covering the drone and UAV industry. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd, so we wanted to pick out the best sites covering drones and rank each one of them. Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned vet, these resources will keep you in the loop. They will also help you decide which RC drones to buy, how to fly a drone, how to build one, and much more. But you must be wondering… The Premier Drone Racing League. Drone racing to go mainstream after TV deal.