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some weeks ago while I was watching a Formula1 race I started to think in this idea, why not develop a Formula1 shape quadcopter? I was thinking about the best way to fit the shape of an F1 car with a quadcopter and then I started to work on this. With red coroplast plastic and a scissors I made the shape of the car (profile shape) and then I print some stickers from images of the car and this was the result:
The truth is that I have been playing with quadcopters and multicopters for some years and I always dislike the simetric shape of this machines (I tried to modify this a bit on old projects). In my opinion they are a bit ugly, so one thing that I really like about this project is that it don´t seem a quadcopter. People first see a race car and then when they see the props they ask me, but this really flight?
The setup of the quadcopter is the same of this project: Indoor fun with tiny ArduCopter but I have changed the electronics by an APM2.0 and I am using 5x3 props (normal and counter-rotating) from HobbyKing on a 2S800 battery. I have adjusted a bit the PIDs for the weight and the shape of this project and I have configured the yaw a bit more agressive in order to "drive" the quadcopter more like a car in the corners.
The result is a funny project and I think that Ferrari should look at this updates for their cars... ;-)
This post in Spanish: Formula1 Quadcopter