SportsEvents Magazine

JUN 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com June 2018 17 the world to help build the sport of profes- sional drone racing. What is it that makes drone racing popular? Our fans love that DRL is like a real-life video game, blending the digital and physical worlds in a way other racing formats are not able to support. They're also drawn to our adrenaline-fueled races highlighting elite FPV pilots flying and crashing at speeds above 90 mph through iconic venues across the world, like football stadiums, automobile museums and royal palaces. How do you become a pilot? If you want to learn how to race a drone or fly like the pros, down- load the DRL Simulator, the world's most realistic drone flight and racing simulator, available on Steam. The sim incorporates real-world physics to enable players to have a one-to-one digital flying experience that perfectly mirrors real-life drone racing. Featuring the first virtual drone-racing training program, our sim offers an exten- sive tutorial with 50 different missions like throttle, pitch and yow, so rookies can learn basic flying skills online without spending hundreds of dollars on crashing real drones during practice. Players get to fly through exact replicas of real DRL season course maps with perfectly matched, digitized ver- sions of our DRL drones including: • DRL Racer3 – The official 90 mph pro-racing drone, flown by professional pilots throughout the 2017 season, and designed and hand-built by DRL's expert engineers • DRL RacerX – The fastest racing drone on the planet, which recently set the Guinness World Record title for the fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter, achieving a top speed of 179.6 mph • DRL Nikko Air – The ultimate entry-racing drone for aspiring pilots who want to learn how to fly We also hold the Swatch DRL Tryouts, an annual e-sports tournament on our sim transforming gamers into pros overnight. We'll be announcing the next Tryouts soon, inviting aspiring pilots around the world to battle it out on the sim for a chance to fly professionally with DRL in the 2019 sea- son. This year, 25-year-old Port Angeles, Wash.-based gamer, Brodie "Robogenesis" Springer crushed the 2018 tryouts and is now flying pro in our 2018 season as the Swatch Pilot, with a $75,000 contract. Are events best seen in person or through broadcast? Combining the thrill of podrac- ing from "Star Wars" with the real-world adrenaline of Formula 1, DRL races are incredibly exciting to watch both live and on TV. Attendees at our live events get to experience the visceral action of high-speed drone racing while wearing a pair of FPV goggles and riding along with their favorite pilot, and hearing the incredibly loud drones zip by in real time. Fans at home get to watch the drama, carnage and thrills of drone racing through world-class sports content captured by our award-win- ning media team and the 60 cameras they bring to each race. Check out our 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season on ESPN on September 6, 2018. What types of venues do you use? What is the best setting for drone racing? We scout the globe for the most iconic and visually stunning locations to host our com- plex, three-dimensional race courses that resemble a real-life video game. We want each course to capture the imagination of an at-home audience and to push the pilots' skill to the very edge of what's pos- sible. We look for vast, interesting spaces that could make for a unique DRL event, identifying strategic spots for our neon-lit gates and opportunities to integrate thrilling maneuvers, like a power loop. Our 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship season will feature seven dynamic races in legendary locations. For instance, we recently held a race in The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas, one of America's largest indoor theme parks, where our elite pilots spi- raled drones around loop-the-loop roller coasters, ripped around a rocking pirate ship and nose-dived down a 120-foot drop. We also held an event in the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2, the world's largest ecological observatory that seamlessly integrates an ocean, a rainforest and the desert all within an architecturally spectac- ular enclosed ecosystem. On Saturday, July 28, we'll bring our qualifying race to the BMW Welt, the iconic automobile museum in Munich, Germany, inviting thousands of fans to watch the action live. Are you still involved in race course design? I feel incredibly lucky to work with an amazing team of drone race designers and expert event producers, led by our ► Q Q Q Q Q Pilots race hand-built drones through high-speed, complex courses. ONE- on- ONE t

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