The Drone Racing League is the world's first ever professional drone racing circuit. Within the league, 18 experienced drone pilots fly four-propeller drones around a track viewed through VR goggles. These take place far beyond the mundane race track—unique locations such as abandoned malls, palaces and amusement parks play host to the drones that can whiz through at up to 90 miles per hour.
Races are hosted around the world and broadcast in over 90 countries. "We've had three, four thousand people at our races," founder Nicholas Horbaczewski told Cheddar in November. The league has also gained attention from some heavy-hitting investors, including Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross who, in 2015, put down $1 million.
We got to go inside The Drone Racing League's workshop in New York City to see how these flying machines are made, repaired, and kept working at their optimum speeds.