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.