For those Star Wars diehard fans who’ve always wanted to recreate a speeder bike chase, you’re in luck. A club based in the French Alps has begun holding official drone races, similar to those featured in Return of the Jedi.
Watch as the group of drone enthusiasts pay homage to the infamous pod races by zooming through a 492-foot dense forest course at speeds of up to 40MPH.
The only thing that could possibly make this even cooler is if those UAVs are powered by AVR microcontrollers, similar to many of those on the market today. The race is proof that drones are increasingly growing in both popularity and capabilities. While they’ve mostly been used for aerial photography and cinematography in the past, they are now entering an entirely new era of widespread applications.
And for those interested in a hoverbike of their own, that wish may soon become a reality.