iFlight DOVE Super Light Racing Frame
I recently built an ultralight racing drone – the lightest 5″ mini quad I have ever built, and it’s awesome! I want to share my experience on the advantages and limitations of ultralight racing drone when it comes to building and flying.
Further Reading: How to build a racing drone from scratch?
Racing is not my thing, and I mostly fly the more robust freestyle frames. But I have always been curious about the differences between a light-weight racing drone and a heavier freestyle quad, so I decided to build one and find out.
I have been flying mini quads for years, but even so, my skills are no where near a professional drone racer like Minchan Kim or Luke Bannister. Hopefully my years of flying experience will help me understand and explain the differences in performance from these very different styles of craft.
What is an Ultralight Racing Drone?
Every gram counts on a quadcopter.. An ultralight mini quad takes this rule to the extreme and remove all the dead weights to be as light as possible.
Generally, a 5″ freestyle mini quad, such as the ImpulseRC Reverb, weighs around 350g to 400g without the battery and GoPro (Dry Weight).