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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:43

A field of 20 - 10 teams programming two cars each - will compete against each other on street circuits built in some of the world's most famous cities as part of the ambitious Roborace series announced in November 2015.

Roborace is a partnership between organisers of the all-electric Formula E racing series and investment company Kinetck, which plans to use the racing series to promote self-driving cars.

The car design is the work of Daniel Simon, a freelance vehicle designer for both the automotive and film industries. Its dramatic appearance is unlike any other racing car currently competing but comes as no surprise to those familiar with Simon's work. His previous projects include designing the vehicles for the science fiction movies Tron: Legacy and Oblivion.

But he is no stranger to the automotive world having begun his career as a design intern at Lamborghini and working across various Volkswagen Group brands. More recently he has designed the racing liveries of the Hispania Racing Formula One team and Lotus Le Mans team.

Very few details have been released about the design of the Roborace car. It will be powered by an electric motor and is expected to hit speeds of up to 300km/h during the hour long races. Although there are no obvious wings the car will reportedly make use of active aerodynamics.

The Roborace series is expected to begin in late 2016 when the third season of Formula E gets underway.

Read more about Roborace

Source: Revealed: Roborace driverless car, Drive | Stephen Ottley, 1 April, 2016

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