The first World Drone Prix event will be held this march at Skydive Dubai by the World Organisation of Racing Drones (W.O.R.D.). The World Drone Prix Dubai 2016 is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE, and was announced when he released a video featuring a drone racing a McLaren police supercar through the streets of Dubai.
Taking place at Skydive Dubai on March 11th and 12th, the World Drone Prix will welcome over 100 drone racing teams from across the globe. Teams will be chosen from a series of pre-qualifying events held March 7th and 8th in Los Angeles, Berlin, Seoul, and various Chinese cities. An American Idol-style video qualifier will also help select the 32 teams that will advance to the final World Drone Prix races. Details can be found at the World Drone Prix website.
“We are extremely proud and thrilled to have all the international and local competitors race in Dubai, and are looking forward to introducing the public to a new sport that is open to participants of all ages, genders and abilities.” said Omar Sultan Al Olama, General Secretary, W.O.R.D.
The event is sponsored by Skydive Dubai, X Dubai, Dubai Calendar and RTA, and has a total prize pool of $1 million USD which will be distributed across 19 categories which include Best Track Team, Best Lap Time, Best Free-style Team, and Best Constructor. First place in the Track Race will take home a cool $250,000.
I don’t know about you, but if that video is any indication I’ll be sure to catch at least the highlights of the event when it debuts in a couple weeks. Will you be entering or following the inaugural World Drone Prix event? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: World Drone Prix