Ford's Dronekhana Features Smoking Mustang, Drifting Focus RS and Robot Arm

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Ever since the launch of the Focus RS, Ford and Gymkhana have become almost synonymous. However, the car company is keeping an eye on the motorsport of the future - drone racing - and took a thin slice of the action with its first Dronekhana video.
The race featured obstacles made up of various Ford products at the same factory in Cologne where Ken Block drifted the Focus RS for the launch. The German city is currently hosting Gamescom – Europe’s biggest interactive games trade fair.

So Ford was able to borrow a couple of star drone pilots, the Luke Banister, 16, and Tornado XBlades teammate Brett Collis, 22. I can't imagine they've ever done anything as cool as this.

It’s basically like stepping into the cockpit. It was a tough course, and we had some mishaps – but at least the Mustang’s all right, that’s all that matters,” said World Drone Prix champion Luke Bannister.

The race between the two starts off strong with the boys flying their pro craft through the open doors of a B-Max. It looks close, though not as close as going under the Ford Ranger pickup. Smoke from the rear tires of the Mustang also serves as an obstacle, as does a drifting Focus RS.

We enjoyed the cameo appearance of new KUKA robotic arm that can do everything from giving a fist-bump to bringing coffee. For the race, it's been programmed to wave the flag at the finish line with it does with the grace of an umbrella girl.

This week, Ford is also going after the Guinness World Record for the “Longest video marathon on a racing game." It has built a simulator that combines the GT race car, Forza Motorsport 6 and the Le Sarthe circuit. Five gamers will try to stick it out for more than 48 hours and 1 minute, which is the previous record.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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