The world’s best drone pilots will assemble for the highly anticipated Drone Champions League Grand Prix Split 1 Final on July 8th on the captivating Lake Zurich. These pilots will begin an intense race across a simulated course that flawlessly replicates the rooftops and calm lake landscape of Rapperswil while donning VR goggles on their heads. After a thrilling first half of the year, the Drone Champions League championship match will be held on this breathtaking virtual racetrack in Switzerland.
The first of the DCL’s two championship races, featuring a captivating merging of the virtual and real worlds with actual pilots, will take place in Rapperswil this year after 18 exhilarating races in the first half of the 2023 season. International pilots may now experience a breathtaking virtual world through their computers that precisely recreates the lovely city on Lake Zurich. Expect two hours of exhilarating live racing action that will keep your heart rate up. Will the drone operators succeed in overcoming the obstacles and completing the race unharmed?
The Drone Champions League is currently in its seventh season after beginning life as the DCL Simulator in 2016, which then evolved into the video game “DCL – The Game” in 2020. However, this game functions as a training ground where pilots may hone their abilities and qualify from the convenience of their own homes. It is more than just a pastime. While anybody can try to get in, only those who make it through the difficult Draft Selection procedure are guaranteed a place in the elite Drone Champions League. Once certified, these accomplished pilots digitally fly their drones across screens all around the world, mesmerizing spectators with their talent.
Ten excellent teams from around the world compete in this year’s DCL World Championship, with six of them moving on to the July 8th championship game. The victors will share a tempting prize pool at 50,000 euros proportionally according to where they finish. The DCL World Championship is currently being led by XBlades Racing and Quad Force One, demonstrating their extraordinary skills and tenacity.
Rapperswil has attracted international notice as a result of its massive digital reach, which included over a million viewers during past events that were live on DCL Twitch. Rapperswil stands out as one of the select locales with startlingly accurate digital recreations, alongside well-known locations like Brussels, Vaduz, Stavanger, and the Great Wall of China. Laax has also played a surprising role in the DCL, with drones gliding smoothly over its snow-covered landscapes.
The DCL Grand Prix Split 1 Final will follow the following format: the Semifinals will be a Best of 5, and the Finals will be a Best of 7. Two pilots from each team will compete in each match. Get ready for fierce competition as the top drone pilots in the world face off in this exhilarating race to the finish line. Watch for the thrilling showdown!
Tobias Treichler, Director of Rapperswil Zurichsee Tourism, describes the virtual drone race as “a captivating addition to our city’s tourism offerings, showcasing cutting-edge technologies and providing visitors with unforgettable virtual experiences.” We anxiously anticipate the physical race the next year, which is expected to be an outstanding spectacle.