When Formula E first announced that it would have an autonomous racing support series, motorsport fans were understandably skeptical. To get people excited about the racing, Roborace hired Daniel Simon, the man behind the iconic Light Cycle from 2010’s Tron: Legacy, to create a unique design unlike anything racing had ever seen; it’s completely driverless and will race using real-time computer algorithms and the latest AI technologies.
“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”.
As for the performance of the all-electric cars, Dennis Sverdlov, the founder of Kinetik, the company behind Roborace, told Wired that the cars will reach speeds in excess of 186mph.
Roborace will be a support series for the 2016/2017 Formula E season, where 10 teams of two cars will compete in hour-long races over the full championship. The good news for those looking to get into motorsport is one team will be a crowd-sourced community team for software engineers and tech experts.