Best RTF and BNF Racing Drones To Buy (2017 Edition)

Best RTF and BNF Racing Drones To Buy (2017 Edition)

If you are fresh into the drone space, you can expect a conversation peppered with droning appropriate jargon like the commonly used UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems), BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line Of Sight) and the more technical INS (Inertial Navigational System) and IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control). There will also be mention of multicopters, quadcopter, and hexacopter all of which can leave you confused.

However, this is actually the easy part of droning and it is a common place especially for a racing drone pilot. The complication for such a pilot is finding the ideal racing drone that will leave a mark in international leagues like the droning racing league and the Dubai droning grand Prix.

So to get you started on this, let us start by defining a racing drone. It is a quadcopter specifically built to compete in droning with competition standard specs on the rotors, propellers, power and size among other things. The emphasis for these drones is on speedy forward momentum as opposed to the height attaining build of the normal ones. This is achieved by the H-pattern configuration on the four blades which is different from the X pattern on photography drones. They also mainly use FVP (first person view), placing the pilot or operator in a position to view real-time footage from the drone using special goggles or a tablet or smartphone during the race.

So let’s check out 7 of the top racing drones in 2017:

 

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1 x ARRIS FPV250 Racing Quad Frame 4 x ARRIS S2205 2300KV Brushless Motors (2 CW + 2 CCW) 4 x ARRIS Falcon 20A BLheli Brushless ESC 4 x ARRIS 5042 3-blade propeller 1 x F3 Flight controller (6DOF Version) 1 x 700TVL 2.8mm camera 1 x Power Distribution Board 1 x 5.8G 200mw 32CH FPV TX 1 x FPV Transmitter Antenna

Body Size: 

9.6 x 9.1 x 5.3 inches

Battery Flight Time: 

10min

Motor Type: 

S2205 2300KV Brushless Motors

Weight (KG): 

0.55

Product Specifications: 

Video Camera Resolution700 TVL
Overall (L x W x H)9.6 x 9.1 x 5.3 inches
RecieverFrsky X4RSB
Main ControllerCC3D

The Arris FPV250 sits pretty at the top of FPV racing. Although it spots some of the best and latest racing friendly specs such as the high quality S2205 2300KV motor and low weight, it does not come completely assembled when you buy it. As a BNF (bind and fly) drone, you need to buy your own radio system, battery, and transmitter.

To ensure it can endure the hardest of crashes, it’s made out of fiberglass/carbon composite which is durable and strong. Although you have to install the propeller among other parts, that is best part about purchasing a BNF drone...

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1 X Blade MACH 25 FPV 250-Class Racer 6CH 2.4GHz RC Drone 1 x E-flite® 1350mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo Flight Battery 1 X Manual Spare Rotors

Body Size: 

14.4 x 10.2 x 4.5 inches

Battery Flight Time: 

6-8 minutes

Motor Type: 

2300kv brushless outrunner motor

Weight (KG): 

1.40

Product Specifications: 

Video Camera Resolution25 MW FPV Camera
Overall ( L x W x H)14.4 x 10.2 x 4.5 inches
Main ControllerSpektrum a3174
TransmitterDsm2/DSMX
BatteryE-flite 1350mAh 3S 11.1V

Like every other BNF model, the Mach 25 includes everything except FPV goggles, battery charger, and a radio transmitter. But what sets it apart from the rest is the unique shell and its race-inspired design. As such, the Blade Mach 25 FPV is an unchallenged favorite when it comes to drone racing. It is well known for complying with the racers instructions at the turn of a switch or touch of a button.

For the main frame, you have carbon fiber plates each measuring 2mm whereas the motor arms are made out of aluminum. In the event of a crash, your drone will...

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1 X FPV 220 RTF Racing Drone with carry case 1 X FPV Goggles 1 X AT9 Transmitter 4 X Spare Propellers 1 X Mushroom Antenna 1 X Balance Charger 1 X Carbon Fiber Battery Cover 1 X Screwdriver 1 X Wrench 1 X Spare Velcro 4 X Spare Screws 6 X M5 Nuts User Manuals

Body Size: 

15.1 x 9.6 x 8.9 inches

Range: 

900 meters

Motor Type: 

Brushless SE2205-2300K motors

Weight (KG): 

0.30

Product Specifications: 

Video Camera Resolution1280 x 720
Overall ( L x W x H)15.1 x 9.6 x 8.9 inches
Main controllerXDR-F3
TransmitterAT-9
Batttery3S-4S/1300mha-1500mha

Force 1 XDR220 was purely designed to race and this is evident its light weight, durability, and quality frame. It fits all levels of racers and much as you can get as an RTF package, you also have the option to buy the kit separately and go ahead to assemble your own unit. And it comes highly recommended not just for aerobatic flights and flight views but aerial photography as well.

The body of the DYS XDR220 is made of bend resistant carbon fiber and this ensures that the drone doesn't suffer much damage when it crashes. Its CCD camera has an HD resolution of...

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1 x Eachine Racer 250 FPV Drone 1 x Eachine I6 2.4G Transmitter 1 x Eachine I6 2.4G Receiver 1 x 7 inch 5.8G 32CH monitor 1 x monitor holder 1 x CC3D Flight controller with Flexi port and Main port 4 x Simonk 12A ESC 2 x CW 2204 2300KV motor 2 x CCW 2204 2300KV motor 2 x black CW propeller 2 x black CCW propeller 2 x white CW propeller 2 x white CCW propeller 1 x mushroom antenna 1 x B3AC balance charger 2 x 11.1V 1500mAh 25C 3S battery 1 x tail light LED colorized 2 x headlight LED white 3W 1 x 1000TVL camera 1 x 600MW 5.8G 32CH transmitter built in OSD 1 x remote control strap

Body Size: 

13.8 x 9.8 x 5.5 inches

Battery Flight Time: 

10-14 mins

Range: 

About 1.8 km

Motor Type: 

2300KV Brushless motors

Weight (KG): 

0.40

Product Specifications: 

Video Camera Resolution1000TVL
Overall ( L x W x H)13.8 x 9.8 x 5.5 inches
RecieverI6 2.4G 6CH
Main controllerCC3D
Working environment-10°C to +40°C
Power inputDC 12V
Battery11.1V 1500mAh 25C 3S

Eachine Racer 250 is more geared towards the pilot who is fresh into drone racing as opposed to the FPV racing purist. It’s relatively cheap as well making it an inexpensive option to get into FPV racing while at the same time allowing you the space to upgrade it as you wish. It’s built not just to be reassembled but disassembled for upgrades and repairs with its parts/ hardware readily available and affordable. Other race-inspired features include built-in OSD, automatic search frequency, long distance remote control and a lot more.

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Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1 x Quad copter 1 x FPV transmitter 1 x Protection cover Spare propeller*4. 1 x U wrench 1 x USB cable 1 x Manual

Body Size: 

1.3 x 4.8 x 4.8 inches

Battery Flight Time: 

7 mins

Range: 

100 m

Remote Frequency: 

2.4GHz + 5.8 GHz for video transmission

Battery Charge Time: 

30-45 mins

Motor Type: 

Micro Brushed

Weight (KG): 

0.04

Product Specifications: 

Video Camera ResolutionVGA (640x480)
Overall ( L x W x H)1.3 x 4.8 x 4.8 inches
RecieverH107D-A03 ( bought separately)
Main controller2.4 GHz frequency
Transmitter2.4GHz 4 channels
Power input3.7 V
Battery3.7V Voltage, 380mAh li-po battery

Hubsan is a dominant brand in the drone space and their X4 H107D comes loaded with 6-axis flight control system, adjustable gyro sensitivity not to mention the live feed from its camera amongst a pack of other race-inspired features. It’s relatively cheaper, small and able to navigate even confined areas. , Hubsan has launched beginner drone racers into the fast-paced and exciting world of racing drones and this product stands out as a great fit for amateur racers.

This quadcopter comes with a 4.3 color screen that is built into the controller. It also busts the...

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1 x Vortex 250 Pro Race Quad, 1 x Vortex 250 Pro Zipper case, fits 250 and 270 versions (5" or 6" props), with two zipper pockets 2 x ImmersionRC Branded battery straps (Installed) 1 x SpiroNET Omni 5.8GHz antenna 1 x PPM Interface Cable 1 x Spektrum(tm) Interface Cable 1 x SBus Interface Cable 8 x OEM Gemfan 5045BN GFK Props

Body Size: 

14.6 x 12.7 x 3.5 inches

Battery Flight Time: 

Highly dependent upon battery, and flying style

Motor Type: 

2204-2300 (bidirectional)

Weight (KG): 

0.42

Product Specifications: 

Video Camera ResolutionFatShark 700TVL CMOS v2
Overall ( L x W x H )14.6 x 12.7 x 3.5 inches
RecieverReceivers (not included): CPPM, S-Bus, Spektrum™ XBus, SumD, SumH
Main controllerSTM32F303 based ('F3')
TransmitterNexWaveRF
Battery3s or 4s Lithium Polymer batteries (not included)

This racing drone from vortex falls into the category of a 250 mm drone racer. It is meant for an experienced drone racer who wants to experience even edgier racing. It is even so versatile that you can repair it even as you are in the field or just about any other space.

Overall, the vortex 250 pro-drone has utilized the latest and best technology like the 2204-2300kv custom motors with custom 20A ESCS and 4mm carbon fiber arms to make it fast and versatile.

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It also comes fitted with a tiltable...

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1X Walkera F210 racing drone 1X Walkera FPV DEVO-F12E transmitter(On time video support) 1X 700TVL fixed camera 1X OSD module 1X 14.8v 1300 Mah lithium battery 1X Charger 1X Manual (English)

Body Size: 

11x4x9 inches

Battery Flight Time: 

8-9 mins

Stills Resolution (megapixels): 

1000000.00

Range: 

over 800 meters

Remote Frequency: 

DEVO 7canmatch

Motor Type: 

Brushless Motor WK-WS-28-014A(CW/CCW)KV2500

Weight (KG): 

2.70

Product Specifications: 

Video camera resolution700TVL
Overall (L x W x H)182x182x103mm
ReceiverDEVO-RX713
Main ControllerFCS-F210(F3)
TransmitterTX5825(FCC)/TX5824(CE)
Working environment-10℃ - +40℃
System CommiteePAL/NTSC
Power InputDC 12V
Battery14.8V 1300mAh 40C 4S Li-PO

Right out of its package, this bird is tuned with efficiency and this allows all levels of users, from novices to veterans to fly it at intense speeds. Even with standard OEM settings, it’s surprisingly fast and even more fun than you could imagine. In total, there are three flying modes: 2D stabilize mode, 2D intermediate mode and 2D advanced mode. Beginners can opt for the basic mode while the advanced mode is a perfect fit for advanced users.

Even before we look at the frame and body, we are completely enamored with the 700TVL camera that has night vision....