Unlike existing drones that are difficult to control, the sensational DRONE RACER is controlled like an R/C car with a pistol-grip transmitter. Takeoff and auto-hover with one-touch control using ultrasonic sensors that remove the frustration of learning complicated flying techniques. Intermediate and Beginner mode speed settings (Easy mode / Active mode) are available so you can experience the fun of drone flying at your own pace.
Having created much news with developments such as the ‘zecOO’ electric bike, Toyota’s ‘Camatte’ and ‘Setsuna’ concept cars and the Daihatsu ‘COPEN’, Kyosho enlisted the talents of Mr. Kota Nezu of znugdesign. Based on a “futuristic racing buggy” theme, Mr. Nezu focused his design on ergonomics and auto-engineering to create the simple surface ‘b-pod’ body design for the DRONE RACER. The aptly named ‘pod’ reflects the rounded cocoon-like form in a new-look for DRONE RACER.
●Body design of the 6th DRONE RACER Series model, lead by znugdesign’s Mr. Kota Nezu
●Futuristic cockpit includes driver to create a racy style.
●Rear of the chassis features red LED tail lights with sharp-looking edge lighting.
●Front features white LED light with light diffusing seal.
●Propeller guards equipped with side panels for greater visual appeal.
Born in Tokyo 1969. Creative communicator and designer, graduated Industrial Design from Chiba University. After joining Toyota Motor Corp., served as leader of concept development “i-unit” for World Expo in Aichi. Established znugdesign in 2005 and worked on multiple concept plans and designs of industrial products. Good Design judge from 2014.
photo by takeshi takeda
photo by takashi akamatsu
photo by hayato furusho
Mr. Nezu paid particular attention to “people sitting inside”. The central driving position of F1 racing cars is considered perfect for the 1/18 scale DRONE RACER. The car design approach of the b-pod creates the impression you are sitting right in the control seat!
Futuristic cockpit includes driver to create a racy style.
Rear of the chassis features red LED tail lights with sharp-looking edge lighting.Front features white LED light with light diffusing seal.
Propeller guards equipped with side panels for greater visual appeal.
Unlike existing drones that are difficult to control, the sensational DRONE RACER is controlled like an R/C car with a pistol-grip transmitter. Takeoff and auto-hover with one-touch control using ultrasonic sensors that remove the frustration of learning complicated flying techniques. Now you can experience the fun of drone flying at your own pace.
Control with a pistol-grip R/C system.
Includes the latest 2.4GHz Syncro KT-231P pistol-grip transmitter featuring advanced aircraft-like instrument panel. Flying height adjustment switch is installed on the base of the transmitter grip.
3.7V-1000mAh Li-Po battery
Flight time /10 minutes approx.
Includes USB auto-cut charger.
Charging time / 1-2 hours
(depending on USB power supply output)
Includes USB cable to connect the drone to a personal computer.
Spare propeller（for one drone）
Arm holder（10°, 20°）
Pinion gear replacement tool and rear body mount
The DRONE RACER is equipped with advanced ultrasonic sensors, 6-axis gyroscope (3-axis angle speed sensors, 3-axis acceleration sensors), barometric pressure sensor and four fast response mini coreless motors. Speed switching function provides a choice between “Easy Mode” and “Active Mode” and delivers direct intuitive flight control.
Altitude is automatically maintained with ultrasonic and barometric pressure sensors. Altitude setting of 35cm or 60cm can be selected with a switch on the R/C system and one-touch control is used for takeoff, hovering and landing. Some people may feel frustrated in learning drone flying techniques.Kyosho’s newly developed technology*(patented) removes these barriers so anyone can enjoy the fun of flying drones. *according to Kyosho research
H-type chassis with split upper and lower sections and left-right propellers connected on one propeller arm allow the propeller unit angle to be changed between: 0°, 10°, 20°. Use more stability (0°/ max speed : 30km/h) or more speed (20°/ max speed : 34.5km/h) as a racing weapon.
Optimal roll and yaw mixing match control from the steering wheel.
Uses similar control movement as a car.
The DRONE RACER is not designed for high altitude performance, but for people to enjoy flying safely within their field of vision near the ground. A total safety system includes: removable propeller guards; “PROPELLER AUTO STOP SYSTEM” that activates in case you lose control of the throttle; “ANGLE EMERGENCY AUTO STOP SYSTEM” if the drone becomes inverted, and “RADIO CUT EMERGENCY AUTO STOP SYSTEM” in case the radio signal is lost. Weighing only 130g, the DRONE RACER is not subject to the Japanese aviation law so you can fly freely anywhere you like (except in restricted areas).
*as at aviation laws 10th December 2015
Full color LED installed on front propeller units allows a selection from 6 colors. You can choose your favorite luminescent color to use as an identifier when racing.
Features rear LED with color indicator of propeller status.
Red : flashing indicates low battery warning, when lit indicates safety function is released & can operate as tail lamp
Yellow : transmitter not connected = RADIO EMERGENCY STOP
Green: flashing indicates detecting horizontal, when lit indicates ready to takeoff and safety function is activated
Blue : gyro calibration in progress
For easy front-rear identification the front mask features 2 bright white LEDs and the tail features red LED.
1. Infrared sensor（Lap counter）
2. LED color change／Calibration switch
3. Propeller angle change／Horizontal adjustment switch
4. SV external power port
5. Extension LED port
6. Micro USB port
DRONE RACER SETTING MANAGER
DRONE RACER can connect to your (Windows) computer with the included USB cable to adjust flight settings. In addition, an optional cable can also be used to connect to an Android terminal with a USB host function to adjust settings. Download the free (DRONE RACER SETTING MANAGER) to adjust to your favorite setting and turn up the volume of fun.
We are still developing the “DRONE RACER SETTING MANAGER”application. We will notify on our website once it's available.
Readyset includes everything you need. Open the package then charge the battery to start flying.
302mm (with guard)
300mm (with guard)
5 : 1
D5 x P4
10 min approx.
1-2 hours (depending on USB power output)
30km/h approx. (normal specification)/34.5km/h approx. (with 20° propeller angle setting)/38km/h approx. (when using optional parts)
318Wh/L (not subjected PSE)
Low 35cm/High 60cm approx. (setting can be changed using software application)
●2.4GHz Transmitter KT-231P+
●USB auto cut charger
●Pinion gear replacement tool (combination binding stick)
●3.7V-1000mAh Li-Po battery
●Arm holder (10°, 20°)
●Spare propeller (for one drone)
●Quick start guide
●Computer with USB port (for charging) or USB power charger (if output is more than 2A, full charge can be complete within one hour)