Roborace -- the world’s first driverless racing series -- is set to arrive very soon

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 7, 2016

With autonomous cars slowly gaining the interest of the public and the automakers in general, it will be no wonder in the near future that Formula One races will soon be replaced by a driverless racing series. Set to debut either later this year or in 2017, Roborace will soon claim the title of being the “world’s first driverless racing series”.

Recently, a batch of custom-made electric cars was unveiled. Designed to wow the audience, these four-wheeled autonomous cars are aerodynamic and are clad with sensors that cover most of the vehicle. The internal and openings around each axle are covered up by its bodywork.

This wickedly designed vehicle is a product of the genius mind of none other than Daniel Simon – the man responsible for designing the vehicles for the movies Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. Because of his brilliant work as a futuristic automotive designer, Daniel Simon has recently landed a job in Roborace as its chief design officer.

Daniel previously worked as a senior designer at Bugatti and has even been designing drones, spaceships, motorcycles and even Le Mans cars. His ingenuity has since then placed him in the pedestal as one of the best designers of the world.

Now, Daniel works with Roborace’s team of racing engineers and is currently handling the Robocar project. His goal is to create an autonomous car equipped with all the necessary race car provisions without having to compromise beauty, and so Daniel works with a team of racing engineers and aerodynamics experts to help him to balance out beauty and performance.

By using the floor as the main aerodynamic device, substantial downforce is generated and unnecessary clutter is avoided and the clean and iconic look is well-maintained. He is also working on developing active aerodynamic body parts just like the active spoilers found on the McLaren P1.

There isn’t much information about the specs of the Robocar, but according to Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov, it is expected to go as fast as 186 miles per hour or 300 kilometers per hour. And apparently, this top speed makes it a candidate to being the fastest autonomous car in the world.

Daniel’s passion and experience are undeniably the reason why he has been chosen to design for Roborace. As an open challenge to the world’s smartest minds (and automakers around the world), Roborace has nicknamed the competition as a “global championship of intelligence”.

This will test each and every genius from various automakers to create the best performing and best looking automotive cars that this generation has ever seen. Sverdlov’s belief that the future of cars will soon be software oriented all the more reinforces Daniel’s goals for the future of the automotive industry.

Press Release


Roborace today announced its chief design officer as Daniel Simon, a global force in futuristic, automotive design.

Renowned for his work on Hollywood sci-fi phenomena such as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, Daniel has previously been senior designer at Bugatti and later went on to design everything from drones, motorcycles, spaceships and Le Mans cars throughout his adventurous career.

Daniel has been working with racing engineers relentlessly on the Robocar and shares a first look at the concept today.

Daniel Simon, chief design officer at Robocar, said: “We’re living in a time where the once separated worlds of the automobile and artificial intelligence collide with unstoppable force. It’s fantastic to be part of this journey; it triggers all my big passions - motor racing, design and advanced 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. 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. I am excited to be part of the daring team of people who are making this happen.”

Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Roborace, said: “We are honoured to have Daniel working with us on this project as chief design officer. His passion and experience are undeniable and I believe it’s already set to be one of the most iconic vehicles in automotive history. We nicknamed the competition the ‘global championship of intelligence’ as an open challenge to the world’s smartest minds, so its only fitting that the car should be one of the smartest ever to be made, thanks to Daniel it may also be the most beautiful car ever to touch a road surface. It’s gaming, motorsport, technology and entertainment all rolled into one. I passionately believe that the future of cars is about software; driverless, electric and connected and Roborace will help to make that a reality.”

The first Roborace ‘shows’ will take place during the 2016/2017 Formula E season with disruptive and innovative new formats showcasing safety and extreme driving capabilities.

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