A Mercedes-AMG GT roadster took on a racing drone in the weirdest series of short races you’ll ever see.
The Mercedes-AMG GT is quite possibly one of the best cars Mercedes has ever created. Under the hood is a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 with 476 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It’s all aluminum construction keeps weight down to a reasonable 3,600 lbs and provides for a zero to sixty time of just 3.7 seconds. Top speed is a blistering 190 mph, especially when you have the top down.
There are few convertibles that can stand up to the GT’s power, but this GT won’t be racing another car: it’ll be racing a drone. A racing drone.
Unlike the GT, which is made of aluminum and steel alloys, the drone is made almost completely from carbon fiber to achieve maximum lightness. Total weight is just 535 grams or about 1.2 lbs. On the end of each carbon fiber arm is an electric motor attached to a lithium-ion battery pack.
Zero to sixty is done in just one second. That’s faster than any production car known to man.
However, the racing drone does have a problem when it comes to top speed, which is just 80 mph. That’s fast by regular car standards, but it does mean that the Merc will eventually be able to overtake the drone in a straight line race.
To underscore this fact, Mercedes held a series of three races to judge the car’s performance versus the drone. The first was a simple 100 meter (or 110 yards) drag race, which saw the drone win quite easily. While the GT can accelerate fast for a car, it still requires a bit of time to rev its engine and put power to the rear wheels, while the drone can just get up and go almost immediately.
Next, we have a 200 meter (220 yards) drag race, where again the drone proved superior. Finally, Mercedes held a third and final race, which was a 300 m (360 yards) rolling race. Now that the GT had the advantage of momentum, it could easily achieve a higher top speed than the drone and reach the finish line first.
But keep in mind that the drone doesn’t need a road to get where it needs to go. If the race were anything but a straight line, the drone would always be on top.