Watch: Worcester father and son claim fastest drone Guinness Record

A father-and-son team from Worcester in the Western Cape recently set a Guinness World Record for the fastest battery-powered, remote-controlled (RC) quadcopter.

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Luke Bell and his father Mike achieved an average speed of 480.23kph (298.47mph) by performing speed runs in opposite directions to counteract the wind, setting an official world record in the process.

The previous world record stood at 360.50kph.

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The local drone builders claim their creation can accelerate from zero to 300kph in two seconds and has a theoretical top speed of 510kph.

‘Last year I created the fastest drone in the world, but I always felt like it was a kind of prototype and not quite fast enough,’ Luke told IOL.

‘This year my dad and I decided to improve every aspect of the original Peregrine drone to create an epic successor.’

‘And yes, this drone is even faster than the Red Bull Formula 1 drone!’

The father-and-son team spent about four months developing their latest quadcopter and documented the process in the YouTube video below. Skip to 8:49 for the first high-speed runs.

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