Can a drone keep up with an F1 car? This one can

Custom-built drone built by the Dutch Drone Gods can reach speeds up to 350 km/h

Red Bull concept drone
(Image credit: Red Bull)

Red Bull Racing has taken innovation to new heights—literally—with the development of a drone capable of keeping pace with a Formula One car at speeds exceeding 185 mph.

This groundbreaking achievement, demonstrated at Silverstone's Grand Prix Circuit, saw the custom-built drone, piloted by renowned FPV expert Ralph Hogenbirk, famously known as Shaggy, successfully follow the Red Bull Racing RB20S for an entire lap, marking a historic milestone in both drone technology and F1 history.

The project, shrouded in secrecy for over a year, posed immense challenges. Shaggy and his team had to ensure the drone matched the F1 car's acceleration, deceleration, and endurance around turns while packing a powerful battery and sophisticated filming equipment.

Reflecting on the design process, Shaggy emphasised aerodynamics and efficiency as key considerations. Despite drawing inspiration from various drone designs, including those reaching speeds of 370kph, Shaggy's team embarked on a unique approach to achieve both speed and endurance.

The result? A rocket-shaped drone boasting top speeds of 350kph, 6G of max load, and a weight under 2.2 lbs (1kg). Not quite as compact and small as the best drones for non-professionals, but those are nowhere near as fast as Red Bull's take on the concept.

With the potential to revolutionise race coverage, Red Bull Racing and the Shaggy's team over at the Dutch Drone Gods envision a future where high-speed drones provide live-streaming footage of F1 events, offering viewers an unparalleled perspective of the action on the track.

As Max Verstappen, Formula One World Driver's Champion, remarks, this innovation could transform how fans experience the excitement of Formula One racing.

Sadly, the Red Bull drone isn't for sale, but budding pilots should definitely check out T3's best beginner drone guide, as well as our cheap DJI deals roundup for the best prices on the most popular models.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.