Q. I want to start an X Class team. How do I start?
Q. When is your next race? Will you have a race near me?
A. In 2018 X Class is holding drone races at flying fields and auto racing speedways across California. Please check out our schedule for the current list of events! For expansion to the rest of the US and beyond, 2019 will be the year to watch. In the meantime, you are free to organize your own local X Class hobbyist races. Contact us for more info.
Q. What is the difference between Open Races and Circuit Races?
A. X Class Open Races are more like the drone races you are used to, held largely in flying fields, and anyone with a qualifying rig and an AMA membership can register and compete. X Class Circuit Races are something new to the world of drone racing - racing giant drones in front of thousands of race fans! The circuit races will take place at California 'short track' auto racing venues on official race nights, integrated into the night's racing as a full division with warmups, heat races and main event, all in front of the cheering race fans. To compete in a Circuit race pilots must be certified by X Class and either the pilot or visual observer must have an FAA Part 107 certificate. Contact us for more info on Circuit race certification.
Q. Who are you? Why are you doing this?
A. Our team consists of passionate FPV pilots and enthusiasts who want to keep pushing the boundaries of drone racing, and we believe for spectators, bigger is the only way to go. Our goal is to bring giant drone racing to the world of race fans!
Q. How much does it cost to build an X Class drone?
A. An X Class rig can be built for anything from around $400 to $1800. A low-end rig will not be able to keep up with a high-end monster, but can work great for getting new pilots into the class. Right now the selection of components is still limited, but more and more manufacturers are coming out with X Class parts every month! Keep an eye on our products page, that's a good place to start looking.
Q. Over a thousand bucks for a racing drone!? Are you high?!
A. While costs are always higher when you're leading the innovation, as more X Class products roll out the costs will come down. Also, the intent of X Class Drone Racing is to move the sport further from an individual-based to more a team-focused competition. Not only does that allow different members to specialize in different aspects of piloting, drone design and engineering, it can also allow you to spread the cost. Finally, our Circuit races at auto racing speedways should bring in new sponsorship opportunities to help pilots defray the costs.
Q. How fast do X Class drones go?
A. Top speeds of at least 100mph were clocked in the first season. There have been other reports of X Class drones going faster, but even the pilots admit that the methods used were a bit hinky. These speeds are increasing almost weekly as new products come to market specifically designed for X Class Drone Racing.
A. Do X Class drones crash?
A. Yes. Yes, they do. And it's glorious to see on film, and even better in person.
Q. What's the best esc/flight controller/frame/motor?
A. As with just about anything that requires an opinion, the answer depends on whom you ask. The best way to get information is to ask those who've already built and raced their frames. You can find most everyone in X Class racing on the X Class Facebook Group or through X Class Drone Racing's Facebook page. In addition, we hold regular Builder Q&A video lifestreams on Facebook, so join us and ask questions. Also, never be afraid to contact an X Class pilot/builder via Facebook directly — they're incredibly helpful. Finally, you can always send us a message via our contact page and we'll forward your question to one of our teams.
Q. Are there other X Class racers in my area?
A. X Class pilots are popping up all over! If you send us a message via our contact page, we'll put people in the same area in contact as we get new information about races, leagues, and teams. We're not only a source for races, we're a great source for information and making connections with other X Class enthusiasts.
Q. My company would like to sponsor a team/race. Who should I contact?
A. Message us through our contact page and we'll have a sponsorship coordinator contact you.
Q. What are your requirements for X Class drones?
A. For 2018, X Class will require multi-rotor aircraft measured 800-1200mm at the widest point. Further class specifications are available on our Rules & Standards page.