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Roborace unveils ‘Robocar’ for first autonomous season

Roborace has officially launched the car that will participate in the first ever autonomous motor racing championship, dubbed ‘Robocar’.

The series aims to showcase the capabilities of autonomous, or driverless, technology and will run alongside the FIA Formula E Championship as a support event.

Roborace had previously used a Ginetta LMP3 chassis for testing and has completed laps without a driver at Silverstone, Donington Park, Marrakesh and more recently Buenos Aires, where two prototypes made history as they raced each other around the Argentinian streets.

At the unveiling, held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Daniel Simon, Roborace Chief Design Officer, spoke highly of ‘Robocar’ and the potential that the new machine holds.

“Roborace opens a new dimension where motorsport as we know it meets the unstoppable rise of artificial intelligence. Whilst pushing the boundaries of engineering, we styled every single part of the Robocar. We take special pride in revealing a functional machine that stays true to the initial concept shared, a rarity in automotive design and a testament of our determination. It’s a great feeling to set this free.”

Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov added his praise to the project and the steps already taken to get Roborace as far as it has.

“This is a huge moment for Roborace as we share the Robocar with the world and take another big step in advancing driverless electric technology. I am so proud of the entire team and our partners and particularly the work Daniel has done creating this beautiful machine.

“It was very important for us that we created an emotional connection to driverless cars and bring humans and robots closer together to define our future. The progress with Devbot on track and building the Robocar in less than a year has been extraordinary and we cannot wait to continue the journey of learning with the Robocar.”

Image courtesy of Roborace

About Topher Smith
Topher is an experienced and passionate Motorsport journalist with Formula E, Formula 1, GP2/F2, GP3 and IndyCar all on his resume. When he isn't at the trackside you can find him furthering his own capabilities and knowledge through his endless search for original ideas and material. Also plays league pool.