FLY DRONES FLY! This is a 'dronekhana' - an awesome clip combining drones and a variety of Ford cars. Image: Wheels24
Brentwood, Essex - Ford has brought together one of the world’s most exciting new sports and some of its finest cars to create a new video called 'Dronekhana'.
Two of the planet’s best drone pilots tackle a unique obstacle course that includes a drifting Focus RS, a smoking Mustang, and a robot.
Pilots Luke Bannister and Brett Collis navigate their drones remotely with the help of special goggles which provide a first-person view, as they fly below a Ranger bakkie and through the confines of a B-MAX via its pillarless doors.
Going all Matrix
A rig of 360 GoPro cameras captured the drones mid-action in a style made famous by the 1999 film The Matrix.
“It’s basically like stepping into the cockpit. It was a tough course and we had some mishaps - but at least the Mustang’s all right, that’s all that matters,” said 16-year-old World Drone Prix champion Luke Bannister who took on the course with Tornado XBlades team mate and fellow Brit, Brett Collis, 22.
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“Dronekhana”, named as a tribute to YouTube phenomenon Gymkhana star Ken Block, was filmed at Ford’s European headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the city which this week hosts Gamescom Europe’s biggest interactive games trade fair.
It follows previous 'Snowkhana' videos that have become a festive Ford tradition.
Setting new records
Ford has also invited five gamers from across Europe to Cologne to try to set a new Guinness World Record title for the “Longest video marathon on a racing game”, in Forza Motorsport 6.
They face a two-day stint behind the wheel of a virtual Ford GT race car to take on the simulated Le Sarthe circuit used for the Le Mans 24 Hours - where the real-life Ford GT race car won earlier this year.
To set a new record, the gamers will need to race for more than 48 hours 1 minute - starting at 14:00 on Tuesday August 16. If successful, a presentation will be made to the record-breaking gamer on the Microsoft stand at Gamescom 2016 (August 18).