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Formula 1 car of the sky: Incredible 16ft-wide manned drone that can fly at 87 MPH...


An incredible manned drone described as being like a Formula 1 car in the sky can perform rolls and loops at 87mph - even when there is a human on board.

The 'Big Drone' had its maiden flight in Croatia with CEO of the Drone Champions League, Herbert Weirather, in the hot seat while a remote pilot made it loop and roll. 

The drone, designed around the monocoque of a formula one car, is about 16ft across with 12 large motors and propellers keeping it aloft.

The Drone Champions League started with small drones but 'they were too small for people to follow', according to Weirather. He said 'we made it bigger'. 

They are now recruiting for people to remotely fly the massive 217 brake horsepower craft from a pool of people playing Drone Champions League - The Game

Initial testing saw the drone fly around Vrsar in Coratia and was described by the company as a 'historic maiden flight milestone' towards a racing tournament.