As the global automotive industry bets on self-driving vehicles, the Roborace series is following the trend, and this year will feature races featuring electric and… unmanned cars for the first time.
Several Roborace events will be contested this year as a curtain-raiser for the Formula E electric championship, with the series responsible for ten teams fielding two cars each.
The Robocar, the car entered by the teams of the Roborace championship, was officially unveiled on Monday as part of the Barcelona Mobility Show in the presence of Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Roborace, and Daniel Simon, the technical director of the series.
While the teams will all have the same car, each structure will be responsible for developing its own autonomous driving software, based on algorithms programmed by engineers.
The Roborace series is intended as a platform for developing techniques that can be applied to the road vehicles of tomorrow.
The car, called Robocar, was designed by Daniel Simon, already known for his creations of futuristic vehicles for Hollywood blockbusters like Tron Legacy or Oblivion. The vehicle, composed mainly of carbon fiber, is 4.8 meters long and 2 meters wide, for a total weight of 975 kg.
Robocar is equipped with four motors each developing 300 kW, and a 540 kW battery, and can reach a speed of 320 km / h. Numerous on-board technologies, including radars, lidars, cameras, in particular, will allow it to move between the walls of the urban circuits on which it will perform.
The autonomous driving system has already been tested on basic LMP2-LMP3 prototypes (Botcar) on the Silverstone circuit in particular, where the cars have so far reached a top speed of 200 km / h. A first demonstration was made at the curtain-raiser of Formula E in Buenos Aires, where one of the prototypes on the track was damaged after an impact against a low wall.