The initial designs of the first Roborace cars – to be introduced as a support series for the Formula E championship – have been revealed.
Earlier on in the second Formula E season, it was revealed that a support series of driverless, autonomous race cars would be created and implemented for season three.
The Roborace championship, in partnership with Formula E and Kinetik, is expected to consist of ten teams, who would be given one-make cars and be allowed to change the set-up and programming of the vehicle.
With the curiosity surrounding the creative freedom of the driverless cars providing much debate, the initial designs of the car to be used in the Roborace series has been revealed by chief designer Daniel Simon.
“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.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added“Today is an historic day for motorsport, and the car industry in general. 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”.