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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Out-of-This-World Roborace Concept Car Previews Racing’s Future

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If you thought Formula E was the future of racing—think again. The newly-introduced Roborace is an autonomous electric racing series that will run alongside Formula E with cars that don’t require drivers. That’s right, no drivers. It’s a crazy concept and now it has a crazy concept car to match.
 
Tron: Legacy lightcycle designer Daniel Simon was hired by the race organizers to come up with a design for these cars, and it’s something worthy of the big screen. It looks completely unrealistic and unlike anything anyone is putting on the road. Concept cars are always a little out there, but this isn’t even close to anything you’ll find in production.



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But Simon says that’s the purpose. He designed the car with the idea that it won’t be constrained by the problem of having a human who needs to be properly protected. Instead, he focused purely on making a car that balances beauty and aerodynamics.
 
The large flat surfaces also leave plenty of room for sponsor logos, something that would help take the car from a concept design to a working vehicle. The race is set to debut late this year or early next, so in less than 12 months, this slice of the future could be a reality.