The first designs of the Roborace autonomous race car have been unveiled in the website of the FIA (International Automobile Federation) Formula E series and its futuristic design is unseen in today’s racetracks.
The design is the work of the project’s newly-appointed Chief Design Officer Daniel Simon who is known for his work on Hollywood Sci-Fi blockbusters such as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. He was tasked to create a racecar that doesn’t have a driver.
“My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty,” Sinon 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,” he added.
Formula E Chief Executive Officer Alejandro Agag said the Roborace also shows the way for the future of mobility.
“This first image of the Robocar, designed by Daniel Simon, represents a vision of what cars will be, a vision of our future. In Formula E we are proud to promote, together with pioneers like Denis Sverdlov and Daniel Simon, a revolution in the world of motorsport, a project that will change the future of mobility”.
The first Roborace “shows” will take place during the 2016/17 Formula E season.