The Drone Racing League has attracted over £5m in funding so far
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has invested in a new drone racing league, according to its CEO.
Nick Horbaczewski of The Drone Racing League (DRL) spoke to Quartz about his company and their plans to turn drone racing into the latest sports entertainment phenomenon. The league hopes to ape the success of Formula 1, NASCAR and MotoGP using drones and has recruited Bellamy among their first investors.
Muse named their 2015 album ‘Drones’ and are currently on a world tour of the same name. According to Quartz and Horbaczewski, Bellamy is among a string of investors who have pumped a collective $8m (£5.6m) into DRL so far.
Joining Bellamy on the list of investors are Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, and a number of venture capital firms.
DRL races will be carried out behind closed doors with high quality videos containing highlights from each race uploaded to YouTube afterwards. The first race will take place in the Dolphins’ stadium while another is planned for an abandoned Los Angeles mall.
Footage from previous exhibition races can be seen below:
Meanwhile, Muse’s Drones World Tour reaches the UK in April with gigs in Manchester, Glasgow and two nights in London.
Muse will play:
Manchester, Arena (April 8, 9)
London, O2 Arena (April 11, 12, 14, 15)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (April 17, 18)