Full-Sized Autonamous Racing is Go.


Computers take the wheel

Starting from the third year of the all-electric FIA Formula E season, a companion championship will also be screaming away from the start/finish line. The thing here is, it will be a completely autonomous race driven by artificial intelligence! That’s right: full scale electric autonomous racing is here.

The car’s design has now been revealed to the public. A highly futuristic body shape which is 100% tailored for its practical attributes, it is the brainchild of Roborace Chief Design Officer Daniel Simon. Who is that you may wonder? Only the man behind the design on Hollywood blockbusters Oblivion and Tron: Legacy!

Daniel explains of the design, “My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty,” he said. “Racing engineers and aerodynamicists have worked with me from the beginning to strike that balance. The Roborace is as much about competition as it is entertainment. Therefore – and quite unusual in today’s racing world – beauty was very high on our agenda and we work hard to merge the best performance with stunning styling.
“It was important to us that we generate substantial downforce without unnecessary parts cluttering the car to maintain a clean and iconic look. This is largely made possible by using the floor as the main aerodynamic device and we are currently developing active body parts that are more organic and seamless than solutions today.”

The Roboraces will take place on the race days of the all-electric race series Formula E, and on the same city circuits as it too. Formula E travels to 10 iconic world cities each season, and highlights and progresses the technology involved with electric cars – a key weapon in the fight against global warming. It also shows people that electric car technology is fast, sexy and exciting.

Look forward to the fully-autonomous all-electric Roborace series from start of season three of Formula E, 2016/17. Dates to be announced.

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31st March 2016 by Chris Gibson
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