For the first time, Drone Racing is coming to Italy, as the Drone Champions League makes its premiere in the country’s capital of innovation, Turin. On tap for the two-day event: The spectacle and thrills of 160 km/h racing as the world’s best battle for the top spot at the world championship for professional drone racing teams. Plus, in a unique Drone Village, families can meet the stars of the sport and enjoy food, drink and even fly drones themselves. The fun takes off on Friday and Saturday, 12-13 July 2019.
Turin, ITALY 4 July, 2019 – After a season opener at a mountain snowpark in Switzerland, the second stop of the five-race Drone Champions League season comes to the warmth of Italy. Eight elite teams will race their LED-lit drones on a specially built track at the historic river embankments of Turin’s Murazzi del Po, while in another first, throughout the event the Drone Village at the adjacent Corso Cairoli will offer an immersive experience for families and fans. The Turin racetrack has also been recreated in DCL The Game.
About the Drone Village activities
There’s something for everyone in the Drone Village at Corso Cairoli, where kids, families and the sport’s devoted fans are all welcome! Try local street food or grab a cold drink at the Red Bull Bar and enjoy them in the seating area equipped with sun umbrellas. Take in a technical expo and check out the merchandise kiosks. And of course, make the most of the Drone Racing experience. At the Drone Village, you can:
• Learn to fly drones.
• Attend autograph sessions with your favorite pilots.
• Play DCL The Game, with virtual flights in the real racetracks.
• SATURDAY ONLY: Bring the kids to the Drone Village on July 13 for Drone Park Italy, where children aged 4 years and up can play with mini-drones on a racetrack – for free. Drone Park Italy can accommodate a maximum of 300 people across the day, so get there early!
About DCL racing
Since 2016, the Drone Champions League (DCL) has brought together the world’s best drone pilots, who compete on eight international teams in jawdropping real-life settings, from The Great Wall of China to the Champs-Elysées, and now at the DCL Grand Prix Torino. South Korea’s VELOCE RACING, Britain’s XBLADES RACING and the Swiss McDONALD’S WILDCARD TEAM are tied with the early-season lead, but after two intense days of racing at the Murazzi del Po, any team could seize the advantage. Each DCL race is broadcast live, worldwide on TV and online, bringing the sport’s exciting action to the masses. DCL The Game is available now in demo phase, with full rollout for PC, Mac and PS4 launching in November 2019 (www.game.dcl.aero).
“Turin is the city of innovation, an urban reality of development of new possibilities thanks to emerging technologies. with the Drone Race we aim to demonstrate how technologies can support and create new possibilities for a territory, but also a way for citizens and families to spend time together in their city. A new way of living a city at 360 °” – explains the Deputy Mayor for Innovation Paola Pisano.
“We’ve been looking forward to introducing Drone Racing to Italy, and we invite everyone to join us as we celebrate the Drone Champions League debut in Turin,” said Mike Hoehsl, Chief Operating Officer of the Drone Champions League. “We’ve already received such a warm welcome here. Now we are eager to share not only the excitement of watching the racing firsthand, but also opportunities for families to spend time together as they immerse themselves in new experiences and activities. This is what Drone Racing is all about.”
Be part of the Drone Racing debut in Turin! For information on how to watch in person or live on TV and online: www.dcl.aero
Drone Champions League Calendar 2019
22-24 February: Draft selection, Cannes, France
29-30 March: Laax, Switzerland
12-13 July: Turin, Italy
12-13 September: Neom, Saudi Arabia
18-19 October: Vaduz, Liechtenstein
13-14 December: Singapore [Asia]
About the Drone Champions League
The Drone Champions League (DCL) is the recognized championship for professional drone racing teams: an innovative race series that blurs the lines between virtual and reality to serve up a new era of sports entertainment. Since 2016 the DCL has drawn the world’s best drone pilots, who qualify for each race in DCL The Game and then go on to compete on eight international teams in some of the world’s most spectacular real-life settings, from buzzing global capitals to surreal natural wonders.
Each DCL race is broadcast live, worldwide on TV and also online. From the Great Wall of China to the Champs-Elysées – where 180,000 spectators lined the boulevard – the LED-lit racing drones dart through the custom tracks head-to-head, flashing by fans at speeds of more than 160 km/h as the pilots fly them using virtual reality goggles. First to the finish wins, and with margins breathtakingly tight, contact happens. The daring maneuvers of bold pilots can boost drones to victory or send them tumbling.
DCL The Game offers complete engagement with the sport and a high-speed experience in your own home. Players of all experience levels fly more than 30 drone racing tracks, including 1:1 virtual replicas of the original DCL tracks, with contenders in the highest mode battling for places in the actual DCL Draft Selection. DCL The Game is available now in demo phase, with full rollout for PC, Mac and PS4 launching in November 2019.
Drone Grand Prix Turino
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