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Drag Racing With DIY Drone Engineer Zoe Stumbaugh

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Drag Racing With DIY Drone Engineer Zoe Stumbaugh

The ubiquity of drones in the modern world has recently birthed a new sport: drone racing. Motherboard’s Erik Franco went to meet drone racing ‘it’ girl Zoe Stumbaugh as she prepares for a major race and competes with the fastest model she’s ever built.

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  1. Motherboard

    September 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    "Put on the goggles, and you get to fly. Have an out of body experience and become one with the machine."

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  2. John Norris

    September 27, 2017 at 2:22 am

    What kind of flight time do you guys get out of these quads before you run out of juice?

  3. Max W

    September 27, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Wait… that’s a chick?

  4. Gfighters2011

    September 28, 2017 at 2:52 am

    What kind of gimbal sticks are you using for your taranus

  5. Gfighters2011

    September 28, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I think you're a awesome flight pilot keep flying it doesn't matter what people say just be yourself and god bless you

  6. gymkhanadog

    September 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Explain how this is "drone" racing? Looks an awful lot like quad racing to me. These vehicles very rarely have any autonomous "drone" functions and every pilot in the world would turn them off anyways. Stop being part of the "drone" problem and help the RC community present itself in a better light.

  7. ]•Dude Rekkit106•[

    September 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Charpu still is better

  8. Dom Kirbs

    September 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Much respect to Zoey, I watch things with her as she was one of the first pilots I saw, thing is she is not fast. Racing is about racing not a sob story or sexual equality it's a race. Man Woman Robot Dog whatever let's just race.

  9. Matthew Cunningham

    October 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    This isn't drag racing sounded like some more bitching about guys trying to have fun. better start a female only league so they can be competitive.

  10. demon39063

    October 4, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Every single Vice video in the last few years is either about how oppressive white men are, or how victimized non-white people are. This constant false narrative is really starting to get old.

    Nobody is stopping a woman from picking up a drone and practicing. I guarantee the overwhelming majority of the men that are involved in this sport are starved for female attention in general, and would welcome any female newcomer with open arms. Give me a break.

  11. paperchasin23

    October 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    She looks like more of a man than I do. I honestly don't think that they would treat her any differently. She could probably kick half their asses. Is she even a woman?

  12. Adio Fimaha

    October 7, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Holy shit, we are really living inside a cyberpunk setting already

  13. sk8punk318

    October 10, 2017 at 7:11 am

    The Vice Journalist looks like someone u would see on a FBI's top 10 most wanted list for urban terrorism.

  14. sk8punk318

    October 10, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Good god that zoey thing has a bigger chin than Jay Leno. He could shovel snow with that thing.

  15. The_ Butcher_666

    October 10, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Zoe my hero!!! Love you

  16. Wasin Intasarn

    October 10, 2017 at 7:56 am

    This is just not "Drag Racing", It's much more than that.

  17. Federico Sagun

    October 10, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Well done girl. We need more drone female pilot. Your drone should be in the market.

  18. Kalei Chin

    October 12, 2017 at 6:16 am

  19. Minecrap

    October 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    WOAH!!! ESP lets people only fly with their drones. They make sure the drones are fair.

  20. Randy McChunderNubs

    October 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    that's a man

  21. ShabadooFPV

    October 16, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    This was kinda dumb. She built a drag drone then raced it in a normal GP style race? She wasn't flying well so I don't know how she expected to contend. She even had a gopro on her racing drone? What the fuck?

  22. Joshua Zelmon

    October 18, 2017 at 3:15 am

    That away Zoey ! Rip it up for the chicks girl…  I'm proud to have amazing females in this growing sport. One day I may catch her…. but not today my friend 🙂 nor near future .. best wishes 

  23. shanel104

    October 19, 2017 at 12:23 am

    anyone know what simulator she is using for practise?

  24. MultiShawnt

    October 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    There's no glass ceiling in the sky…

  25. Kabreclete Bless

    October 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm


  26. Esmeralda Doll

    October 24, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Yassssss mom

  27. Baqca Sanke

    October 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    This presenter is the most boring un-energetic MFer they could have possibly gotten. Why do they always pick people who present like they are in a library??
    God damn

  28. alfonxoduff

    October 25, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Dat thumb nail, looks like Norman redus hahaha

  29. ryanthefireman

    October 30, 2017 at 7:16 am

    So if a lot of males divide to play a sport its a bad thing? Never heard this said about female dominated sports!

  30. Dutch Boss

    October 30, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    she is cool..

  31. Dane Pickens

    October 30, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I'm not your competition and I do respect you. Head up fly right.

  32. Ross D

    October 31, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Now that Vice did their ‘let’s ruin something for no reason’ thing by pushing sexism on this…

    Coming 2018 from Vice: how drones are racist.

    Just wait. You think I’m kidding?


    November 1, 2017 at 12:06 am


  34. MrChubib0

    November 1, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    she looks like a HE

  35. theCUBE403

    November 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    This is what happens when nobody wants to have sex with you

  36. AZOffRoadster

    November 6, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Zoe also kicks azz at 3D drone freestyle. (3D = drones that can fly upside down) That's where I got to know her.

  37. Alexi Starr

    November 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

    If Zoe as in individual gets pleasure spending her time and money on this hobby that's great, and I'm pleased for her. However, the notion that more women as a demographic should be participating in this activity is something being pushed by left wing ideologues, who almost certainly have more interest in ramming their ideology down other people's throats than in drone racing. For decades feminists and left wing academics have been trying to peddle the myth that gender is nothing more than a social construct, but the reality is that men and women are biologically different and on average make different choices about how they spend their money and free time. There aren't more women participating in this activity simply because on average they don't want to spend their time and money racing radio controlled toys around 3D obstacle courses, it simply doesn't interest them.

  38. Giovanni Rodriguez

    November 14, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Oh shit is that Danny vinyard

  39. Kevin Sheridan

    November 18, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Hey, I have the same printer as her. Had to say it.

  40. gately1

    November 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Sinade O Conor is looking well!

  41. jimmyjames

    November 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    this is awesome….

  42. Noob Noob

    November 28, 2017 at 1:19 am

    It's just most women lack of imagination. Don't blame men.

  43. i am me

    November 28, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Haha brilliant I turn my tips up on my blades too stops all that nasty drag I saw it zoe

  44. Killer360Hacks

    December 1, 2017 at 3:29 am

    that's a dude. I don't care what anyone says.

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