On September 17th-18th the first Hungarian FPV (first person view) Drone Racing World Cup was held at the ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground.
The competition was organized according to the rules of the International Air Sports Federation, FAI, by the Hungarian Air Sports Federation and the Hungarian Modelling Association. The race took place on ZalaZONE’s University track module, which is enclosed by a safety net in compliance with international standards and serves as a safe venue for drone racing.
60 international participants (all under the age of 30, some even under 13 years) from 12 countries around the world took part in the competition. The “pilots” flew with their own developed and built high-tech devices in an area surrounded by a net and filled with obstacles speeding at 120 km/h via on-board cameras. The event – hosted by the well-known sports reporter Zoltán Szujó – was also the last race of the Hungarian Drone Championship.
Results of the Drone Racing World Cup:
1st: Kim MinJae (Korea)
2nd: Hyeonjin Jang (Korea)
3rd: Antoni Georgiev Bulgaria
Winner of the Hungarian Drone Racing Championship: Máté Blahunka “Blahesz”
The Institute of Transport Sciences awarded a special prize of HUF 100,000 to the best Hungarian competitor, and Edutus University awarded a special prize of HUF 100,000 to the best Hungarian competitor under 18 years: Both were won by Márton Kőkuti “Kutas”, who placed 11th.
The international competition was held with the support of Edutus University, Hungarian Drone and Multirotor Association, Hungarian Drone Coalition, ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground, KIFÜ’s “Program your future”, Digital World, Neumann Technology Platform and other sponsors.
According to the definition of the EU regulation, drones are defined as all aircraft designed to fly without a pilot on board, that is capable of operating independently or by remote control.
The world’s first multirotor drone cup was held in the United States of America in 2015, and a year later the official world competition was held in Dubai.
Multirotor high-speed FPV racing drones are characterised by extreme parameters: the weight of a plane without battery is less than 250 g, the battery capacity is less than 2000 mAh, and the number of laps is only 3, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.2-1.5 seconds, acceleration from a standing start of more than 12 g, speeds of 160-180 km/h on an average racetrack.
More info and online stream of the competition: