Sick of waking up before dawn to drive your kid to hockey practice? It might be time to switch him over to the sport of the future: drone racing.
The young sport, which recently received major investments from the likes of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, involves VR helmet-clad dudes flying drones at breakneck speeds through a roller coaster-esque aerial circuit. On Saturday, the World Drone Prix — the biggest and most lucrative drone racing event yet, featuring 150 teams and a total purse of $1 million USD — took place in Dubai.
The winner? A 15-year-old Brit named Luke Bannister, who took home the $250,000 USD grand prize. This is what he looks like:
That’s right. A kid who isn’t old enough to drive and looks like Geordi La Forge‘s white, prepubuscent cousin made a quarter-million dollars in a single day. Seriously, pack up the skates and sticks and get a remote control in your offsprings’ hands immediately.
Here’s Luke’s championship-winning run, so you can see exactly what it takes to win big in drone racing. Fair warning, though — it might make you feel a little nauseous.