Formula E has revealed that it has hired Daniel Simon as its chief design officer for their next exciting racing series – Roborace.
Apart from being a former senior designer at Bugatti, Simon is renowned for his work in Hollywood and was the man behind the design of the iconic racing bikes in Tron Legacy as well as the aircraft in Oblivion.
Roborace will feature all electric, autonomous and driverless cars whizzing around a circuit. The inaugural season will take place alongside the 2016/2017 Formula E championship season.
Ten teams will compete, each with two driverless cars, in one-hour races. All teams will have the same cars, but will develop their own real-time computing algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies.
— FIA Formula E (@FIAformulaE) March 31, 2016
“We’re living in a time where the once separated worlds of the automobile and artificial intelligence collide with unstoppable force,” Simon is quoted as saying on Designboom.
“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.”
With cars as outrageous as these, we can’t wait see a grid full of these machines.