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    Will FPV Drag Racing Become the Next BIG Thing

             A year ago, I competed in The California Drone Speed Challenge with ASL in San Francisco. It was a lot of fun, but I never saw another race of this type. Finally, after a year, I got to compete in another drag race at our local Wednesday night race practice here in San Diego, CA. The race was put on by GoodTimesFPV, a San Diego based FPV race organizer. They wanted to experiment with a fast paced, heads-up 1v1 drag race format.

     Pilots were randomly paired with 1 other racer during qualifying, which consisted of a drag race to the finish (about 50m). Pilots would need to leave the start line as soon as the tone sounded and score their fastest time to the finish. GoodTimesFPV even had a way for your average speed to be recorded and announced after each race, which was a nice touch. Pilots were required to stay under flags at the finish in order to be scored. I was told the flags would eventually be switched out for a gate.

    After qualifying, the top pilot would be paired with the slowest, second fastest with second slowest… Then a heads-up race would ensue. Since this was double elimination, the loser was not out of the race. You had to lose 2 times in order to be eliminated. Losers would be added to a second bracket to battle it out for a chance back into the winner's bracket. LiveTime race tracker is not made to seed this type of format so lots of manual changes needed to be done in order to keep things fair and flowing. Pilots were eventually dwindled down to a final race between the 2 most winning pilots of the night and a winner was decided in that race.

    For fans of carnage, drag racing will not disappoint. Holeshots are basically required to have any chance at a win, so tons of races began with a quad (or two) slamming into the parking lot at full throttle and were usually accompanied by sparks and crowd ooh’s and ahh’s.

    The race moved pretty fast and spectating was a blast. One problem I found was that batteries were hardly used after 1 race so I tended to use the same pack for 3-4 races. A better way would be to bring a charger and top each battery after a race.

    This type of racing will require a whole new type of frame design and electronics needs as overall acceleration and top speed are much more important than agility.

    Personally, I think a 1 lap high-speed track with simple flowing obstacles would increase the overall fun as quads are made to fly in 3 dimensions and not just straight lines, but this was still very fun. GoodTimesFPV has mentioned that this is a likely possibility for a future race as well as adding Christmas tree starting lights like a real car drag race, so I’m looking forward to that.


    What do you racers think? How can we improve this? I would like to get ideas so we can try them out and give feedback.



    U.S. Government Tariff Surcharge

    Starting from July 6th, The US government imposed an additional tariff of 25% on many products imported from China.

    The products that are affected by this first round of tariff includes but not limited to ESCs, receivers, motors, batteries, and antennas. There is a second round of tariff that is currently under review which will most likely be taken into effect in September.

    Following the industry response, NewBeeDrone will add an additional 2.9% to each order sub-total to help spread the effect of the new 25% tariff. This will spread the burden across all orders to lessen the effect on individual products. For example, instead of paying an extra 25% on ESC’s or motors, we want our customers to pay as close to the original price as possible.
    Even if some products do not carry a tariff yet, we believe that spreading the tariff cost among all of us is a way to make us all part of the solution. As a company, we will cover about 5% of the total incremental Tariff fees to do our share and support the FPV community.

    Along with the FPV community, the current surcharge we’re adding will likely be adjusted either up or down as we learn more about the actual Tariffs fees, the products affected by it, and the second round of tariff that’s coming.

    The FPV community is united in our love for FPV, and we hope you agree with our approach to work through the current trade war troubles as a community. We are hopeful that our Government officials will work through the ongoing trade disagreements with China and that these Tariffs will disappear quickly.

    The NewBeeDrone Team