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– Customisable megadrone breaks world record


12 December 2018

FPT Industrial and Forvola broke the Guinness World Records for the heaviest payload lifted by a drone.

Forvola’s megadrone, with its 16 propellers, lifted a box full of FPT Industrial spare parts weighing 101kg to a height of almost 1.5 metres for more than one minute and three seconds. The record was officially certified by Guinness World Records on December 6, 2018. The previous record belonged to the University of Oslo, Norway, whose drone lifted 61kg to a height of one metre for 37 seconds in 2015.

Hosting the Forvola record was a statement of FPT Industrial’s commitment to innovation and the importance the brand is according future technologies. In the future, design, production and service of powertrain solutions will be ever more connected and smart. For this reason, FPT Industrial’s Tech Day 2018 was dedicated to 4.0 Powertrain Technologies, during which visions of technologies that are changing the industry were discussed. It was the perfect occasion for the record attempt, given the potential Forvola megadrones have for spare parts delivery – even in remote places – to transport devices capable of giving engine assistance when needed, and as a tool to leverage precision farming activities.

Forvola’s drone is the world’s first customisable megadrone currently on the market. It has a power of 10 to 20kW, can carry weights up to some 200kg and fly for 30 minutes or more, depending on the payload. 

The megadrone can be customised in terms of size, configuration and accessories, according to specific customer requirements. Together with its flexibility, Forvola’s product is also easy to manage and cost-efficient. Today, Forvola drones can be used in multiple situations, including rescue in dangerous areas, cargo handling in the maritime sector, to support firefighters or civilian protection organisations, to help ensure safety near shorelines, and as a support on construction sites.

The drone record was another successful FPT Industrial accomplishment – the brand had already achieved three other records in 2018. In March, FPT Industrial broke the Guinness World Record powering the fastest diesel powerboat, from FB Design, which reached a speed of 172mph. With its sister brand New Holland Agriculture, FPT Industrial powered the Braud 9090X grape harvester, which achieved the record for most grapes harvested in eight hours (197.6 tons, corresponding to nearly 200,000 bottles of wine). The third record was established in June, also for speed on water, when its partner AllBlack Racing team completed the Cork-Fastnet-Cork route in two hours, six minutes and 47 seconds (average speed 62.75mph).

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