Believe it or not, autonomous race cars will soon be battling it out on the track. As we reported last year, plans are for the Roborace autonomous racing series to run in conjunction with Formula E, starting in the 2016-17 season. Last week, newly-appointed design chief Daniel Simon, who has a diverse background designing concept cars for both global automakers and Hollywood, released the first look at the driverless Roborace car.
Are racing car drivers an endangered species? If so, then Roborace could be the beginning of the end. Slated to kick off next year, this new racing championship will pit driverless electric cars against each other in a round-the-world series. The aim is to provide a competitive platform for the autonomous driving technology that is being developed by automotive and tech firms, as well as universities.Read More
The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has announced that ten teams will compete in the second year of Formula E racing, while eight manufacturers will supply powertrains. The competition is set to heat up during the 2015/2016 race calendar, with teams being allowed to develop the vehicles for the first time. Read More
As Nico Rossberg and Mercedes celebrate the first win of the 2014 Formula One season, another group of racers is preparing for a new electric race series. All-electric Formula E racers will hold their own Grand Prix for the first time this September at the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing.Read More
Las Vegas got a reminder on Monday that technology is more than smartphones and tablets, as the Strip echoed to the whine of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater, all-electric race car making its public driving debut. Timed to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the first-of-its-kind Formula E electric racer was put through its paces by Brazilian Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi before heading on to Mandalay Bay in the city center. Read More
Spark-Renault has put its all-electric racer out on track for preliminary testing in preparation for the upcoming Formula E race season in Beijing next year. The SRT_01E ran 40 trouble-free laps using a 50 kW electric motor, instead of the 200 kW (270 hp) motor the car will use in 2014. Read More
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