Video: Martin Maes vs a racing drone in “Race Against the Machine”


Press release: GTToday, technology – and drones in particular – makes it possible to produce high-quality content and closely follow the exploits of extreme athletes. Martin Maes, mountain biker and runner-up for the world enduro, wanted to challenge a racing drone and see if this remote-controlled device would be able to track it through any of its stages.

For Martin Maes, whether in competition or at each training session, there is only one thing that matters: speed. Go fast, as fast as possible. In the introduction to his project, Martin explains: [QUOTE author=Martin Maes »]Recently, in addition to the stabilizers, action cameras and conventional drones that we were getting used to, we recently saw the appearance of racing drones, called fpv drones. I was quite impressed to see how quickly their pilots are able to move them forward, and with what precision… It is super impressive, especially at high speed![/QUOTE]

That’s all it took to give Martin the idea for an original racing format, which he filmed with the help of a small production team. Martin simply challenged the drone and its pilot and suggested that they organize a race on a downhill track. After a few consecutive descents, Martin and the racing drone, through his pilot, literally pulled the whip for a high-stakes downhill race! Hence the name that was also given to this project: Race Against The Machine.

History does not say if Martin has already decided to challenge another machine, for example on his simulator or at the controls of a console … before finding the path of the tracks and the path of enduro competitions. In the meantime, he too takes advantage of his time to stay in shape, respecting the rules of confinement. It may also be noted, for all intents and purposes, that the filming took place before the directives dictated by the current sanitary situation, and that Martin simply chose to publish the video at a time which seemed appropriate to him.


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