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RBD-1 drone opens up possibilities for new Formula 1 viewing experience

Formula 1 could have a completely new and exhilarating look on TV, with the arrival of the RBD-1 drone. The new Red Bull Drone is capable of flying at over 300 kmph and record high quality footage steadily, which makes for a very exciting prospect when it comes to close-up angles of a race or a duel. 

With a signal range of 10 kilometres and a battery life of 3 minutes, it is enough to capture two laps in a race or a heated duel between two cars. Although the drone hasn’t received the green light from the authorities, its existence creates a massive opportunity for a never seen before experience when it comes to footage from the race course. 

RBD-1 drone set to change the way Formula 1 races look 

Max Verstappen emerges victoriously at the Austrian Grand Prix
Credits: Planet F1

Aerial drone shots are not new in Formula 1, with the top view of tracks now common. But, to be able to keep up with a Formula 1 car is something that has never been done before, especially by a drone. To test out its capabilities, the RBD-1 drone went head to head with World Champion Max Verstappen, who was very impressed by it. 

“I was really surprised how fast I could keep up with the pace and also how close I could get in the corners, how it turns. It gives a bit of a different perspective to watch Formula 1,” the Dutchman added. 

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The drone was formulated by Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the engineering arm of the team. It can accelerate twice as fast as a Formula 1 car, hitting speeds of 300 kmph in just four seconds. It took more than a year for the creation to come to life, and now that it is here – we could be set for a brand new look at races from 2024 onwards. 

  1. Has the drone been approved yet?

    No, approval is pending.

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Arsh Das
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