What’s In This Guide
This buyer’s guide is for first-time drone racers who want to educate themselves on:
what FPV/drone racing is all about
the most important factors & features to consider when buying a racing rc drone; and,
the best racing drones to buy.
What Is A Racing Drone?
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A racing drone is a small quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is purpose-built to compete in FPV (first person view) racing events held in most major cities around the world. See the list of drone events below, for more details on these.
NOTE: Racing drones are not the same as camera drones like the Phantom 4 Pro. Camera drones like the Phantom fly “slow and low” and are designed to capture high-quality video of surfing contests, real estate and landscapes. A racing quadcopter’s camera can’t do that.
To learn more about camera drones check out our camera drone buyer’s guide.
What’s Not Covered Here
This racing drone guide does not cover advanced modding; the intricacies of optimizing components; nor, detailed DIY assembly instructions.
We also don’t discuss technical performance parameters, like the correct prop blade angle of attack.
For technical and DIY deep-dives, check out the following excellent websites and blogs:
RCGroups MultiRotors Forum
Down-And-Dirty-Drones’ Drone Physics Guide
TauLabs Flight Software Forum
MiniQuad Test Bench – motors and ESC performance testing
DroneTrest – detailed component buying guides
RotorBuilds.com – dozens of custom builds, crowd-ranked and tested. I love the Purple Haze.
UAVFutures video reviews – entertaining video DIY guides and reviews of the latest FPV / racing drones
Read Our Reviews
After reading this guide, you can learn more about some of the leading racing drones for sale today by reading our reviews.